There's a good reason why Sheepish Fibre Art is not called Sheepish Indie Dyed Yarns or something yarn specific - it ain't just about the yarn! Ok so mostly it is, but in the background there is spinning, raw fibre processing, a bit of weaving, the odd bit of needle felting. You get the picture!
I'm a very proud member of the Exquisite Yarn and Fiber Community group on Facebook, and very recently I signed up for a drop spindling class. The wonderful @spinningyarnsdesigns
showed us her large collection of spindles and how to make yarn with them, and I've been hunting for the perfect spindle since then.
My mum had a basic drop spindle from my friend Louise @spincityuk
which I've been practicing with, but I quickly realised that owing to my fatigue and pain issues 🤕, using a supported spindle was probably the way to go: easier on me, and I can do it curled up on the sofa in comfort 🤓 After much research, I came across Enid Ashcroft's amazing spindles on Etsy. Enid talked me through my options, I scoured her past sales to find the wood and shape of spindle that I liked. And here we are! Enid has very kindly let me use her photos. This is my custom order of a Tibetan style support spindle made out of spalted beech, with an Ebano shaft, with a matching spinning bowl. I'm going to be stalking our post lady for the next few days 😉
When I've had a chance to refine my skills, I'll take a video. It's my aim to master long draw, or woollen spinning (as opposed to worsted (short draw). More in due course!