Have I said before how much I am enjoying spinning…both with spindle and with wheel? I thought perhaps I had… The only slight irritation I’ve had is having to stop, pick up the new piece of roving, find the end and finally add it on. Now in reality this doesn’t take but a few seconds… I guess it’s just the interruption that bugs me. So I decided that I would find a way to make a distaff for my spinning wheel.
I bought this generic table leg some time back on a random trip to Lowe’s with my DH. It has set in my work room for about 3 weeks while I have pondered how to do this…. Duh… Just sand it a little so the wool won’t catch and pull, wrap it full of roving, stick it down in my little catch all can and spin away!
At first I thought I should have it high like a flax distaff, but the more I looked at it and thought about it, the wool does not release like flax. I am not very good at spinning from a large glob of wool…really need those small roving pieces to get consistent size yarn. I found that by putting it low beside my drafting hand I can have a non stop roving with the ends pulling off together and all I have to do is occasionally unwind it as I spin along. Love it…
Now… I will not be leaving it stuck in my catch all can… grin The bottom of the new “distaff” still has the screw on it that is used to screw into the metal thingy that is to be attached to the bottom of the table being made…sooo… I will be adding a metal thingy (I can’t remember what this is called right now…menopause moment and all) .. to a base so it can be screwed in and will be free standing. That make-over will include staining, more sanding and perhaps even some painting.
This is quite heavy to be carrying around, so for my spindling I will be sticking to my wrist distaff. If a person wants a distaff to carry around while they are spinning, I would suggest using something besides this… would be walking at a distinct lop after a while…grin