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Miihamara
« on: August 18, 2011 08:30:12 AM »

I wanted to tryout to spinn but I don't know which one is better for begginers a bottom whorl or top whorl?
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011 05:13:12 PM »

It depends Smiley Bottom whorls are more traditional, but I like top whorls better for starting out .. and there's more youTube videos and books with top whorls.
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011 08:49:24 PM »

I suggest getting (or making) one of each.   I personally like the top whorl spindle better, but can still spin yarn with a bottom whorl.  But the only way you will truly know which is best for you is if you try them out.   If you check out lesson 1 in the Learn to spin series, you can find links to tutorials on how to make your own.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334503.0
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2011 07:17:57 AM »

Miihamara, I responded to your question in the other thread before I realized you'd also posted this as a separate question.  Since the title of this thread is more specific to your question, I thought I'd post my answer here too, in case others have the same question:

I've only used a top-whorl spindle, so can't really answer your question.  Just wanted to say you don't have to commit to just one or the other when you get your first spindle.

I have a Babe spindle, which just by sliding the whorls to the top, middle, or bottom of the dowel, you can have a top, middle, or bottom whorl spindle.  You can also use just one whorl for a lighter spindle, or both whorls for a heavier spindle.  The Babe spindles are only about $8, so a very reasonable price point.  Here's a link:  http://www.babesfibergarden.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&product_id=95&flypage=flypage.tpl&pop=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

If you've watched any of The Art of Megan drop spindle videos on youtube, she uses a Babe spindle, so you can see it in action.

A homemade CD drop spindle could also be adjusted to be a top, middle, or bottom whorl in the same way.  I made a couple of CD drop spindles for the heck of it.  They spun pretty well, but the Babe spindle is definitely sturdier.
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Miihamara
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011 09:43:09 AM »

oh thanks a lot  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011 10:57:41 AM »

you are welcome!
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Rodelphia
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2011 08:45:34 AM »

i actually just ordered from Babe last night, per nikschaf's advice. i really liked the idea of being able to choose what kind of spindle you want, and being able to spin different types of yarn with one spindle. really excited to get my materials in and learn to spin! Cheesy
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nikschaf
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2011 09:43:39 AM »

Rodelphia -- cool!  I hope you like your spindle!  Can't wait to see your yarns!
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Rodelphia
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2011 05:49:51 AM »

i love it. Smiley you really can't beat it for the price.
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