As though I need another activity to consume my time, I too have been bitten by the spinning bug. I’ve always known I would give spinning a … er … spin … but I am a bit surprised at myself for taking it on right now.
My spindle is a basic do-it-yourself-er, made from parts from a craft supply chain. There is nothing wrong with my spindle, she functions as she should and while she is a Plain Jane, I could easily pretty her up with some stains or paints. Still, recently I find myself oogling over all the pretty drop spindles:
Iridescent Spindle by ButterflyGirlDesigns
Ornate by Spinsanity
Millefiore by ButterFlyGirlDesigns
Copper Iridescent by ZebisisDesigns
Will I ditch Plain Jane and pick up one of those glitzy gals? Likely not. But I may strongly consider picking up this one:
AromaTherapy RingSpindle by Golding
Using the drop spindle is a relaxing time and I would imagine the added scent would be soothing as well. I came across this quite accidently and almost hadn’t noticed the aromatherapy angle until I questioned the use of the “hatch” on top. Still, I can not see myself spending so much on a drop spindle. Most likely I will manufacture something at home so that Plain Jane can smell as sweet.
That said, Golding Fiber Tools, or rather the man who is Golding Fiber Tools, Tom Golding, is a genius of an artist. Each of his spindles and wheels are manufactured by hand in his home workshop. When I surfed his site, I instantly feel in love with his handwork. I will not bore you with words, see for yourself:
Tsunami by Golding
Cherry and Walnut Whorls by Golding
DragonFly by Golding
Skull and Crossbones by Golding