Spindles part 2: Turkish*

I hope my last post made sense. I am in no way the end all be all on knowledge about spindles, spinning, or yarn. This is just information I’ve picked up, researched or learned within the last few months.

Now, what makes a turkish spindle different from a drop spindle? In short: design. Watch…


This is how my new spindle arrived. It’s a great way to store it while saving on space and simultaneously preventing it from being damaged while not in use. How do you set it up?


First, you remove the two arms and there is a slot for the thinner one to slide inside the thicker one. You line up the hole for you to insert the shaft. Once inserted then what does it look like?


You are now ready to spin. Perhaps you are wondering if you have one spindle that does nearly everything you need why buy another. For one variety. Another reason is because different types and styles and weights of spindles are better at certain jobs. Imagine trying to cook pasta, eggs, and hamburger all in one pot.

That was a horrible example I know…let’s move on.

What does it look like with yarn on it?

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There is a general rule of 2 over 1 under on the arms when you wind the yarn on in order to make a center pull ball but, there are different ways you can wind on and it can get quite artistic.

Another benefit? You can Navajo ply and spin at the same time on these types of spindles to save time on having to ply after spinning.

It gets even deeper the more you delve into weights and designer spindles and such but those are the basics. If you do know about spindles you may have noticed I did not include bottom, mid whorl, or support spindles.  The reason for this is because I do not have them. If and/or when I do acquire them I’ll talk more about what I observe about them. In the meantime I’m sure a Google search will show you at minimum of what they look like and at most the benefits of using those styles if you’re really interested.

Up next: Spindles Part 3: Bottom Whorl

*This is my personal opinion and experiences I’ve encountered while learning how to spin and trying different tools to achieve my goals.


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