Drop Spindle Spinning Made Easy

If you want to make handspun yarn, you don't have to use a spinning wheel. Drop spindle spinning is easy to learn, portable and less expensive when you're starting out.

October 2014
By Brenda Gibson

The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn

Whether you are an experienced crafter chasing the perfect yarn or a beginner looking for an outlet for your creative talents, The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) by Brenda Gibson will inspire you to get spinning. Beginners can learn basic techniques, from preparing and dyeing fiber to drop spindle spinning and wheel spinning, while more advanced spinners can explore recipes for a range of textured and colorful yarns.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn.

One of the simplest ways of making a quantity of yarn is to use a drop spindle. Per hour of spinning it may be a slower process than using a wheel, but the portability of a drop spindle means you can spin in spare moments and this may increase your productivity.