Learn to spin with a drop spindle and enjoy it, by learning with soft and luxurious alpaca fiber! This is a fantastic beginner spinning kit which gives detailed, down to earth, and easy to understand instructions, and provides a great base of knowledge on which to build your spinning techniques.
The kit is available comes with six ounces of alpaca roving in three different natural colors, illustrated instructions, and a drop spindle. Colors will vary depending on what we have on hand when you order.
This drop spindle has been handcrafted by David Shepherd of Shepherd's Woodworking. It is a well weighted, general purpose spindle, and at 1.25 ounces is a great beginner spindle. This spindle can be made into a top or bottom whorl just by moving the hook form the top to the bottom. This set up gives you the chance to try both a top and a bottom whorl spindle and use what ever style works best for you. A notch in the whorl helps keep your spun yarn in place. Each spindle is test spun for balance.
The length of the spindle is 10.75" and the diameter of the whorl is 2.5". The shaft is made from Poplar, the whorl is made from Baltic Birch, all grown and made in the USA. A sealer coat had been applied to ensure that the spindle is smooth.
Alpaca fiber is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, softer, not prickly, and is hypoallergenic. Alpaca is also naturally water-resistant.