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New Pal

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Posted - 01/07/2008 :  2:55:34 PM  Show Profile Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a beginner, novice, neophyte. untutored wanna be spinner.

I'd like to buy a pretty drop spindle to get me started.

Any recommendations?


New Pal

45 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2008 :  4:33:19 PM  Show Profile Send angel597 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Golding spindles are supposed to be really good. Here's the link:

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New Pal

45 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2008 :  4:52:02 PM  Show Profile Send angel597 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by angel597

Golding spindles are supposed to be really good. Here's the link:


Here are some more links I copied from my fave's list:,,,,,,,,,,,, I also included sites that had other products for sale, or information/tutorials.
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Permanent Resident

1408 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2008 :  11:28:08 PM  Show Profile Send Katheroni a Private Message  Reply with Quote
An inexpensive good one is the Barebones from Greensleeves.

Hm, I'm on dial-up and am too lazy to get the link. Just google Greensleeves spindles.
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Permanent Resident

2373 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2008 :  08:09:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I started with the Bare Bones from Greensleeves. It is a wonderful spindle. I also love the Jenny from It is lighter than the Greensleeves.

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diane leirer
Chatty Knitter

299 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2008 :  4:35:11 PM  Show Profile Send diane leirer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My success with drop spindling took off when I started using a Bosworth spindle. Mine is under an ounce. It's appearance is the result of wonderful craftsmanship/engineering/design. It spins a long time and the different choices of wood are to die for.
There are other spindle makers out there that do embellishments/inlays/different shaped whorls, but I love the 'Shaker' aspect to my Bosworth spindle:
Form follows function. You won't be disappointed by buying one. Shelia and Jonathan are very conscientious and dedicated to the art/craft of spinning.
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Seriously Hooked

700 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2008 :  5:05:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit knitwitt's Homepage Send knitwitt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I LOVE my Bosworth Midi and my Greensleeves "Katherine's Cup." I have heard great things about Kundert, but haven't tried one.

Here's a link for Greensleeves:

and Kundert:

I started off with the basic Louet with the little sheepie heads on the whorl. Perfectly fine for getting the hang of things, but I became a better spindler as soon as I upgraded.

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New Pal

12 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  07:39:16 AM  Show Profile Send njg a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do the suggested spindles compare to Golding? I spin on a wheel (beginner) and would like to have a "portable" spinning skill.
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Gabber Extraordinaire

511 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  08:31:06 AM  Show Profile Send Vanadia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Greensleeve's and Bosworth's spinning quality is much better than the Golding esp for the lighter spindles. Both Elizabeth and The Bosworth have
excellent costumer service. The hook on the Golding is simply to thick IMHO. The detail of the woodwork on the Goldings is exquisite though.
Greensleeve's bare bones spins very well, it is just "no frills" model, same spinning quality but less fancy wood
and woodwork. It is a good choice for a beginner. Kundert, Cascade, Tabacheck and Spindlewood are other quality spindles. A Kundert will run from $ 25 and up.
Ahhhhmmm I must admit that all of the above are in my collection. The favorite's are probably my Bossie midi and my Greensleeves Kathrine's cup.

A good beginner spindle weighs around 1.3-1.7 oz, let's you spin sock yarn to worsted weight easily.

Amelia at the Bellwether has a nice selection of these drop spindles - email her, she is happy to give advice and help you select one.
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Warming Up

87 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2008 :  07:38:48 AM  Show Profile Send spindledreams a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love my Greensleeves Barebones as a beginners spindle.
She now makes a lighter weight one called a Bare Bonsie. It is adorable but grin to tell the truth I have been so busy with my socks I have not spun on it yet. Considering my experience with other Greensleeves spindles it will be very nice.

dorothy from windy wyoming
They say that when the wind reaches 75 mph in the south they give it a name and call it a Hurricane. When it reaches 75 mph here we call it a bit windy.
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Permanent Resident

1438 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2008 :  08:22:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In defense of Golding spindles I'd like to say that I couldn't be happier with my
3" Celtic ring spindle (1.9 ounces). At that weight the hook is definitely not too thick, as
I don't use the spindle for very fine threads (I have lighter-weight Bosworths for those.)
I've already read elsewhere that the Golding spindles work better in the "heavier" weight range -
can't really say, because I have only the one and nothing of the same weight to compare it to.
For me the Celtic ring is a perfect marriage of beauty and function! (I believe that the ring
does improve spinning properties).

Who's Tabacheck? Have I really been missing out on something? O horror! (Probably no need to answer
- I'll google <BG>)

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Seriously Hooked

704 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2008 :  3:57:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit eepster's Homepage Send eepster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have to disagree that it is easier to learn to spin on a light weight spindle.
Yes, it is easier to spin sock weight yarn on a light weight spindle,
but who starts out spinning sock weight? Generally one starts out spinning lumpy
thick thin novelty yarns anyway. Since one usually starts by using the par and draft method
weight doesn't affect drafting much anyway. A heavier spindle allows one to add a lot of twist
to a yarn before it will ply back up on itself pulling a light weight spindle up with it.

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