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ikkivan Posted - 05/10/2013 : 12:17:37 PM
As I am learning to spin (spindling? to distinguish from using a spinning wheel), I am trying as many different types of spindles, both suspended and supported, that I can.

Now I am having trouble with a Tibetan spindle and would appreciate any pointers any of you may have to offer. I'm having a terrible time keeping the spun thread on the shaft without using a half-hitch, and the first thing I know, the spindle has become a low-whorl suspended spindle in my hands! I'm sure the fiber I'm using is not the best for this type spindle (I need a short-staple, delicate fiber, right?).

It is amazing how much I have learned, so I'm figuring I just need to keep practicing. But I'd love your tips, please!

Also, I've watched every online video I can find and read as much as possible about this type of spindle.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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ikkivan Posted - 05/11/2013 : 06:10:46 AM
Well, I've already answered my own questions ... I found a group on Ravelry about support spindles. Very good info as well as links to videos, including some I had not seen that offered more detailed input. Between videos and explanations there, I finally understand what's happening (and what's supposed to happen) at the tip of my spindle, and I'm doing it!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)

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