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The shape varies, but the important bits are a pointy tip for supported spinning, a very narrow, tapered upper end for flicking between the fingers, and a nice, substantial bulge with a low center of gravity, to give momentum to the spin. Among the four shown above, the two on the right are the best spinners.  Specs: average weight 32g, length 28-30cm

The shape varies, but the important bits are a pointy tip for supported spinning, a very narrow, tapered upper end for flicking between the fingers, and a nice, substantial bulge with a low center of gravity, to give momentum to the spin. Among the four shown above, the two on the right are the best spinners. Specs: average weight 32g, length 28-30cm

Ladakh spinner.  *See* Hand-Spinning for Traditional Garments in Ladakh by Tracy P. Hudson at digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1100&context=tsaconf

Ladakh spinner. *See* Hand-Spinning for Traditional Garments in Ladakh by Tracy P. Hudson at digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1100&context=tsaconf

New batch of Medieval and Viking spindles and hand distaves in my Etsy shop, missingspindle.  Multiple whorls for a broad weight-changing spindle experience in two of these sets.  One set uses one whorl at a time.  The most unusual set can use two whorls at a time in various combos.

New batch of Medieval and Viking spindles and hand distaves in my Etsy shop, missingspindle. Multiple whorls for a broad weight-changing spindle experience in two of these sets. One set uses one whorl at a time. The most unusual set can use two whorls at a time in various combos.

Friday 04 May 2012 : Learn to hand-spin using a Mayan Spinner  Using a Mayan spinner, Bee will guide you through an easily achievable star...

Friday 04 May 2012 : Learn to hand-spin using a Mayan Spinner Using a Mayan spinner, Bee will guide you through an easily achievable star...

Afghani spinner

Afghani spinner

Ravelry: RubyTandMe's Child's Play ... nice spindles

Ravelry: RubyTandMe's Child's Play ... nice spindles

Scottish Whorl-less spindles called Dealgans or Farsadh. Gaelic speaking areas of the Highlands & Islands as well as the Canadian coastal areas settled by the Scots after Culloden used this for plying and for spinning from wool rolags. One type dates back to the 1700's. More on my blog URL missingspindle.blogspot.com

Scottish Whorl-less spindles called Dealgans or Farsadh. Gaelic speaking areas of the Highlands & Islands as well as the Canadian coastal areas settled by the Scots after Culloden used this for plying and for spinning from wool rolags. One type dates back to the 1700's. More on my blog URL missingspindle.blogspot.com

Indonesian spinner, 1920-1940 Nice copp

Indonesian spinner, 1920-1940 Nice copp

Spinning Wheel made of cardboard

Spinning Wheel made of cardboard

Dorze huts are up to 5m high. Dorze people are renowed cotton spinners and weavers, Chencha, Ethiopia

Dorze huts are up to 5m high. Dorze people are renowed cotton spinners and weavers, Chencha, Ethiopia

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