Fellow Travelers   

Arts, Rush & Cane -- original & imaginative Arts & Crafts, high quality traditional Chair Seating and Tuition using natural materials

Fibre Arts 

Golden Gryphon -- excellent perspective, historical drop-spinning pictures & basic instructions 

Mielke's Fiber Arts -- good USA fibre arts tool supply and instruction source


Video Instruction Links

My favorite recommendations

(Please send suggestions for further additions)

Drop Spindling

Newbie BASICS  best watched first if you are brand new.  (Skip the adverts at the start) 

Abby Franquemont demonstrates the very basics of spinning (including getting started) with a low whorl drop spindle you can make cheaply from hardware store materials.  2007’

Author of Respect the Spindle, Interweave Press.  A paper back I highly recommend. She was taught to spin as a young child growing up in the Andes of South America.  It would seem she has 17 videos on YouTube.

Kathy Withers shows us how to use a drop spindle on her ranch in Tucson, Arizona.’

Impressive details or beginners detailing fibre knowledge.

Guy stuff to also inspire the males in the family:

Old lady (baba) spinning wool with a distaff in Breb, Maramures Romania’

Living tradition! Distaff use for heavy wool yarn singles (?) real eye candy!


Supported Spindling (a.k.a. Russian spindles)

Supported spindle spinning, Ladakh India.  More of the real thing!

A Tibetan woman spinning.

Absolutely wonderful DIY instructions for EASY (Brit) supported spindle making

‘I wanted to try a supported spindle, but I didn't have the funds. This video explains how I made my own. Components purchased from Wilkinson, Oxfam charity shop and from materials found around the home.’

Supported ‘Russian style’ demo that is easy to see and understand. (Long)

Supported spinning with less talk. Caution takes your breath away!

‘Fleegle's drafting technique not only works for Tibetan spindles but also for Russian style support spindles. But it's a bit difficult with a lightweight spindle and gets easier when the Russian spindle fills up and gains weight. In the video I'm spinning on a fairly heavy Russian style spindle from A Spinner's Lair. It's got a bit of a wobble but the weight makes for a long and very stable spin.’


Hello ... pushing the envelope here

Yikkes, spinning VHS tape and other ‘upcycled’ materials!

Episode 18 of Its Easy Being Green, part 3 of 5 videos.

Spinning plarn / plastic bag yarn on a Navajo Spindle.

Hee hee, Art Yarn including how to make a jumbo spindle!


Other Traditional Manipulations

(With readymade knitting wool, string, etc.)

French Knitting, Cork Work, Knitting Nancys, Spool Knitting, etc. 

A sewing thread spool (cotton reel) with brad nails kept me busy for a while at about age 10-11.  I made my own after seeing a description. That might be when I caught the fibre infection?  But it might also have been the ‘potholder kit loom’ for children my sister and I received one Christmas a la 1962-3(?). 

My advice is to start them young!!  Keep them busy and proud.  Non electric ability to express themselves please!  

Even if it does not stick then, they will have had the inoculation, and it will be in them for a later awakening :^/

Unusual (to me) springy pegs.

'Gorro elaborado a mano con resorte hecho en telar y gorro en crochet.'

High tech stitches on a round frame 

‘Basics of loom knitting: knit stitch, purl stitch, twisted knit stitch (aka e-wrap), and basic bind off’.

Serious spool knitting somewhat commercial, but that is OK.

‘Video tutorial by Noreen Crone-Findlay on how to cast off (finish) spool knitted cords- a skill that is useful and essential to know! For more information, go to and

A small person demonstrating French knitting, highly recommended for inspiring young ones

‘Tarlin Lou (6yr) - French Knitting. It's simple and fun!’

Materials required: 1 toilet roll, 4 (or more) paddle pop sticks, some wool string (Ricia’s note: best yarn is springier and has the ‘give’ for the pulling and tugging)

Cat toys quick - with French knitting (Ricia suggests filling with catnip) easy project, fun. 

‘This actually only takes me about 15 minutes to make, start to finish; explanations and such made it take a lot longer, so this is in two parts. This little spool knit / corked mouse only needs a fairly heavy inexpensive yarn, a small amount of clean stuffing from an old pillow, catnip if you want to include it, a corking/knitting spool with a hook of some sort, a pair of scissors, and a quarter of an hour out of your life. I make these for the cats at the humane society where I work, and they are incredibly popular -- the cats couldn't care less about the lack of details like ears and eyes. Make 'em for your cats, for shelter cats, your friends' cats, whatever you want! I'm not a very professional crafty-type person, there may be ways to simplify this, but this way at least one doesn't need to know how to knit or crochet.’

To Be Continued ...