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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2008 06:18:56 PM »

Lots of great info here I've been lurking around the section for a few days now and I think I'm going to have to sneak a spindle into the house. I've already got a good amount of top as I've been needle felting for a couple of months now, but I can see I'm going to want much much more.

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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2011 03:04:58 PM »

ooh that was exactly the questions I had except one.

is the bottom whorl spindle better then the top whorl spindle or the other way around?
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2011 07:13:31 AM »

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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