Turkish Spindles

I discovered Jeri Brock Woodworks at DFW Fiber Fest several years ago and began purchasing her hand-made Turkish Spindles. They spin like a dream. I use the medium size spindles for singles yarn and then ply onto one of the larger spindles.

I grabbed some pin drafted Jacob fleece that I had processed years ago. I wanted something for a quick spin and the woolen singles spun up nicely.

Step one after spinning the singles is to slide the center post out.

The second step is to slide the cross pieces out leaving a nicely wound ‘turtle’ of singles yarn ready for plying.

Now I am ready to ply the singles. I put both ends together and begin spinning the opposite direction and winding onto the larger spindle.

And here is my finished 2-ply yarn ready to be wound into a skein and soak it to set the twist.

I may spin up some samples of blended fiber on these spindles before sitting down at the wheel to spin a four ounce bobbin. I’ve got the bin of fiber samples ready and all I need to do is decide what to blend for my samples.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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