Check out the photo tutorial I made on how to use a nostepinne.
Looking ahead to spring I will be at Powhatan's Festival of Fiber April 29, 2017. Also Olde Liberty Fiber Faire April 22, 2017.
Come October I will be vending at Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia again.
About the spindles: Starting in early Summer 2011 I caught the hand spinning addiction. In the spirit of handmade I opted to hand turn my own spindles for spinning. Before I knew it many spinners were asking when I was going to sell my work, so I started doing that. All the spindles I turn are signed, numbered, dated, and marked with the weight such as my scale provides. I always glue the whorl to the shaft so you won't have to worry about it coming loose with seasonal wood movement. The hooks, hand bent hammered copper, are tightly fit and glued into the shaft also to prevent looseness. I finish with a semi gloss polyurethane varnish so that the only care needed is dusting with a damp cloth. If you spin in the grease you can use a dish soap dampened cloth followed by a water damp soap removal wipe, just don't submerge in water or leave wet. Both the wood and copper will change color over time, this may take many years. The amount of sun exposure can be a factor in the changes especially for bleaching. The copper is polished and then varnished like lacquer finish on other metals however it will eventually tarnish despite that treatment. If you drop the spindle on the hook or bend it watch the spin first to see if a correction is necessary. When a wobble is apparent during normal spinning you will need to straighten the hook. To do so hold the end of the shaft pinched in your fingers and use a thumb to gently nudge the hook back towards center. Soft small corrections are best. Each adjustment should be followed by a test spin to see if the wobble is removed.
Any spindle requests or questions please email me: ch@CynthiaHaney.com
I want satisfied customers whose tools work well. Please let me know if you are having a problem so I can work with you to resolve it.
© Cynthia Haney 2017.