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« on: June 13, 2008 07:11:42 AM »

OK, I'm obsessed with wanting to know how to make my own Navajo Spindle.  Does anyone here have "directions" that'll stop the madness in my head?  Thanks.  Blessings, Leslie Smiley
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008 04:39:28 PM »

Try looking at joyofhandspinning.com.  I found a lot of helpful stuff there, and at interweave.com.  (There's more sites on the spinning FAQ thread, too.)  Hope this helps!

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008 06:18:45 PM »

hmm the navajo spindle is a big longer version of a normal sized spindle if i remember correctly. and to add twist into the fiber you can roll it along your thigh as you sit. maybe you can get a long wooden stick with tapered sharply somewhat at one end, and from a point a bit down from that a long smooth taper( the somewhat sharp side for the ground to spin on and the other side so you can add twist.) maybe a disk at around somewhere around there. here is a few sites.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTs5P8QG9I0 a video
http://www.graftonfibers.com/navajospinning.htm person using it.

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2008 07:53:42 AM »

I made one and love it ^-^ It was super simple

Took a large dowel rod (I have no idea the size really....it was one I had lying around.....) and sanded one end until it was rounded. Then I sanded the opposite end to a soft point. Nothing that my kiddo would really hurt themselves with if they grabbed it.

Bought a round wooden plaque and found the center. I drilled a hole nearly large enough for the dowel rod and then using a sanding bit (it's all bumpy and freaky looking, lol, I didn't get one of the ones you have to replace the paper on) I softened the edges of the hole so that there weren't any weird splinters or edges sticking up.

Popped the dowel through the hole and using wood glue I tacked the rod in place.

Painted it with acrylics and then coated it with a matte spray and called it finished ^-^

It works great and I love that I can keep spinning and spinning without having to stop and empty my spindle every few min. (I make large chunky yarn, hehe)

Heres a picture of it to try and give you an idea.

It extends a few inches above the yarn and about 6 in below the plaque if that helps. I really like that I can sit and spin and not kill my back!


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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2008 06:42:35 AM »

Ooohhh...I think I need to make one! It would be great to spin and not have a backache when I'm done. I love the painting you did! It's great. Thanks for sharing how to make one!

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