And Greeting to the Spinning World!
My name is MeLissa Gabriels — lis to family and friends — and I had this crazy idea to start a website about spindles. I love these pieces of “functional art” and finding the perfect spindle…
You know, the one that does not arrive to your house fast enough. The one that was custom made, with a specific weight, length or design. The one that you coveted, window shopped and adored, that took many months for which to afford. The one that you rush out of the house in your pjs — hair uncombed, scaring the postal worker away with your morning breath…
You rush inside.
Rip open the box.
(why is there so much packing!)
There it is.
Carefully, you unwrap the bubble-wrap, unfold the tissue paper, strip away the roving…it’s in your hand.
You inspect every inch, study the grain and pattern of the wood, take a test spin —
Yes! perfectly balanced.
Yes! perfect size.
Yes! soft like butter it spins gently in your hand — you know the maker of this object turned the wood just so.
Turned it so it fits your hand.
Suddenly, excitement flows through your body — you need to start spinning. Maybe fiber that came with the spindle. Maybe a sample conveniently placed at the top of your stash. Maybe you purchased THE perfect roving to “dress” your new beauty.
I love handcrafted items. I enjoy making them and have a great appreciation for others that take pride in creating high-quality items. For me, I love spindles made of wood — plain woods, figured woods, spalted woods: I have a spindle made of maple that is anything but plain, a few made from figured woods that…wow!, and I enjoy telling stories when I show my spindles to others — where they were made, the type of wood, fascinating processes did you know the naturally formed dark lines caused by a fungus that result in the dark lines of spalted woods? Wood choice is something I plan to discuss in a future article.
So, this crazy idea. Crazy because I’ve only been spinning for three years. Crazy because I know very little about blogging or creating/maintaining a website. Crazy because I have many limitations due to my health.
I’ve decided to shove my doubts into a corner and see what happens. As I sit here typing, a slew of ideas are rushing through my head! I see so much potential and possibility….but need to start small. Keep things realistic…at least, to start.
Spindles. I am going to begin my website trying to present information beneficial to someone trying to find the right spindle(s).
(ultimately, if there seems to be a positive response, I would love this to expand into other fiber arts tools — but I will continue to remind myself and you this needs to develop one step at a time).
I wish I knew a few things before buying my first, second…fifth spindle. I’m not sure why I persisted, but decided to give spinning one last try when a beautiful Turkish spindle with a gaboon ebony shaft and black/white ebony wings caught my eye. I will discuss this spindle and the shop it came from in another post — but this was the moment everything changed.
My mission, which will grow and change, includes a few essential points:
- This space will be filled with positive energy. I do not enjoy reading scathing reviews nor do I want to write any. To me, the objective and subjective information provided about a specific spindle or spindle maker is meant to be educational. By reading reviews and interviews, facts about different types of spindles and the materials used to make them and additional relevant information, I hope you will be able to make an informed decision regarding which tool/seller might be a match for you.
- Spindle reviews will contain an arbitrary and general information and a few subjective comments. All information, to the best of my ability, will be presented in a way for you to compare/contrast spindles of the same variety. Each of us has our preferences regarding type of wood, size, length, style, etc.; in addition, type of fiber, portability, budget and so much more influence the spindle that meets all or most of your needs.
- As much as this is meant for buyers, I hope that sellers will benefit as well. Interviews may provide education and spur interest by potential buyers and any feedback I receive, will be passed onto the spindle maker.
- At this point in time, I will not entertain ads or plugs by any seller or shop.
- I own a variety of spindles made by different woodcrafters — any discussion, interview or information regarding a type of spindle, wood crafter and/or seller in no way constitutes an endorsement of any kind.
- I hope this will turn into an “official” website, but need to figure out the logistics first. I welcome any help with this huge learning curve!
- To spinners: Want to see a certain spindle reviewed? Or maker interviewed? Please contact me.
- To spindle makers: Want me to discuss your work? Willing to do an interview? Please contact me.
I welcome suggestions and feedback. I will do my best to respond to inquiries in a timely manner.
When dreaming about the logistics of taking on this project, I asked the opinion of a few fellow spinners as well as a few individuals that make fiber arts tools.
I also want to thank a few friends in the spinning world for his/her feedback and support: Thank you to Lenora, Mary, Enid, Margot, LisaC, Joshua and Barbara; Anthony Garcia and Ariel Soulag for helping bring the website to life; as well as family: Mom, Dad, Malinda and, esp., Murphy.
I have many ideas for ways this site can grow and expand. First step, spindles.
I also want to thank the five talented people who were willing to let me write about his/her work and gave of their busy schedules to answer a few questions: Enid Ashcroft, Neal Brand (The Natural Log), Lisa Chan (Gripping Yarn), Joshua Lynch (TexasJeans) and Gary and Monica Thompson (Just Ducky Handspun). Links to each shop can be found on at the bottom of the review page.
Finally, thank you to all who decided to indulge my (not so) crazy idea. At it’s heart is to provide information on tools that I love, the people that make them and build up a collection of useful articles and reviews/interviews so you can find the best spindle(s) for you.
Time to start spinning
Contact Me: email@example.com
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