Drop Spindles - By Best Selling

To begin learning to drop spin fibers you only need a drop spindle, some fibers, and a few basic instructions. After that, it is all simply a matter of practice. 

At Paradise Fibers, we have a large selection of drop spindles for sale.

Spindles can be made from a variety of materials and the types and design of the spindle you choose will determine the final yarn you produce. Drop spindles for spinning lace would not do well to produce a heavier worsted weight yarn.  When you first begin to learn to use drop spindles for spinning, a simple bottom whorl drop spindle is always a good choice.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind once you decide to explore hand spinning for a new pastime.

  • Look for a medium weight spindle for learning to spin. A lightweight spindle will not spin as easily and a heavier weight spindle will quickly earn the name "drop" spindle as you are trying to learn how to draft out the fibers and keep the spindle moving at the same time!
  • Tie on a piece of fiber and check, being sure the spindle you choose turns smoothly without wobbling and continues to spin freely.
  • Though you can spin a variety of fibers including cotton and silk, wool fibers are the easiest to work with. When choosing wool fibers, carded wool is easier for beginners to draft than combed wool.

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