whorl drop spindles

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A drop spindle is a straight spike usually made from wood used for spinning, twisting fibers such as wool, flax, hemp, cotton into yarn. It is often weighted at either the bottom, middle, or top, commonly by a disc or spherical object called a whorl, but many spindles exist that are not weighted by a whorl, but by thickening their shape towards the bottom, such as Orenburg and French spindles. The spindle may also have a hook, groove, or notch at the top to guide the yarn. Spindles come in many different sizes and weights depending on the thickness of the yarn one desires to spin.

A spindle whorl is a weight used in hand spinning. Spindles whorls could be made of clay, stone or wood and were attached to the spindle in order create the tension needed to spin an even thread. Spindle whorls are circular in shape with a central hole. Many were decorated and could range in size and weight depending on the type of material being spun and the desired result.

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