In our Spinning From Scratch course, I list a number of pieces of spinning equipment and tools that you will need to get started. Here are a few links to various suppliers that I mention in the course:
For your first drop spindle, I would encourage you to find a 2 to 3 ounce spindle. Make sure it’s not too light, otherwise it will be challenging to keep it rotating. And make sure it’s not too heavy, or it’s just going to keep dropping onto the floor.
- Schacht makes a nice one that is 3” and 2.2 oz called the Schacht Hi-Lo Spindle.
- Ashford also makes a nice range of basic drop spindles, including a 2.25 oz Student Drop Spindle, and the 80mm and 90 mm spindles.
In the course, I show two spinning wheels that have two different aesthetic styles:
- Saxony-style Wheel: My wheel is a Lendrum Saxony wheel which has the characteristic fairytale spinning wheel “look” with the big wheel off to the side of the flyer. Here are a few other Saxony-style wheels to consider:
- Castle-style Wheel: My other wheel here is the Schacht Matchless wheel. This one has the big drive wheel centered with the flyer and bobbin mechanism. And so all the bits and pieces are arranged in this vertical, symmetrical arrangement. In the Castle wheel category are wheels like:
The lazy kate I use in the course is the Schacht Tensioned Lazy Kate (in Cherry).
Niddy Noddy / Skeinwinder / Swift
The Niddy Noddy is from Ashford and the umbrella swift is from Schacht.
For sure, you can download the PDF version of the twist gauge that we have here on the site, but SweetGeorgia also designed a beautiful cherry wood spinning gauge that measures both twist and wraps per inch (1/2″ and 1″ notches) and it can be used as a weaver’s sett gauge or spinner’s yarn gauge. Check it out here »