THE SPINDLE FOR BEGINNERS...NUNA KNITS HIGH WHORL DROP SPINDLE - High whorl spindles are fast and replicate speeds of the average traditional spinning wheel.
"What is Spinning"? A bunch of loose fibers just fall apart if you pull the ends. But as soon as you twist them together, they become yarn and can not be pulled apart as easily. "That is spinning".
The spindle is a tool that lets you quickly put twist into loose fibers, turning them into yarn. The high-whorl spindle has been used for forty centuries. That's 4,000 years. First used for linen, by the Egyptians. It has been the preferred tool in Africa, Central Asia and eastern Europe. This type of spindle is used for all spinnable fibers.
The story of spinning is interwoven with the history of man. From the early Egyptians, Chinese, India and throughout "Eur-Asia" hand spindles as a means of creating yarn woven into garments and products. This ancient craft shaped their cultures, drawings, textiles and animal breeding practices.
The earliest spinning wheel recordings were in the early 1500's by Italian artist Leonardo De Vinci and in 1530 by German wheel maker Johann Jurgens. Their inventions of the flyer mechanism and spinning wheel provided the means for twisting yarn and winding it onto bobbins. This mechanism was eventually operated by a foot pedal/treadle connected to a drive wheel. This foot power and fly bobbin combination enabled a spinner to use both hands on the yarn instead of one hand. From the invention of this fly mechanism little change has taken place from its 15th century original design. The industrial revolution completely modernized all spinning production into finished yarn, making hand spinning obsolete.
NUNA KNITS SPINDLE KIT INCLUDES:
1-HIGH WHORL DROP SPINDLE - HAND TURNED HARD WOODS/USA MADE SPINDLE LENGTH: 12 INCHES SPINDLE WEIGHT: 2.50 OZ. 1-2OZ OF CARDED OR COMBED HAND DYED WOOL (BREED SPECIFIC, MERINO, BFL, ROMNEY AND OR CORRIEDALE) TWINE LEAD OF 12 INCHES DETAILED INSTRUCTION BOOKLET WITH VISUAL REFERENCES.
“nuna”is a native american name meaning "of the land". all plants and animals depend on this land for food and nourishment, while farmers plant, harvest and steward the land. From the grasses and forbs that nourish animal fleeces they forever share, know that you will be supporting the growing desire to buy local and buy natural.
PEGGIE EHLERS is the creative inspiration behind NUNA KNITS. As a maker of yarn of all things wool, her world is enveloped with knitting, researching trends, spinning, teaching, and creating breed specific blended yarns/garments for the Nuna brand, private industry designers and farmers.
What distinguishes Peggie from others in this profession of expertise is her ability and passion to bridge the farm to fashion trend. This bridge has been achieved through the history of the world’s plant and animal fibers, art and science of hand spinning and composing a wool education program for children. This knowledge along with a 2009 ASI wool classer certification enables Peggie to design products from specific wool breed types and plant varieties that incorporate all that we live with in fashion and life style.
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