While thousands, perhaps millions, of spindle whorls are found in archaeology digs, the modern spinster seldom experiences the Technology of the Removable whorl.
REMOVABLE WHORLS -WHY??????
Modern spindle sticks have glued-on whorls. They are NOT removable, like those found in ancient times. The modern spindle is very balanced when well turned on a wood lathe as a single, integral object. Perfect balance and long spin is the Modern Holy Grail.
But, what if you could change the whorls on the spindle sticks? The spindle spinning experience when making 'singles' yarn changes significantly with the constantly changing build up of stored yarn on the spindle. The spindle becomes much heavier; spin time slows down. With a glued-on whorl, the dynamics of weight and spin time cannot be altered.
- CHANGE OF WEIGHT as spinning progresses
- BOTTOM WHORL WEIGHTS VS TOP WHORL WEIGHTS
- DIFFERENT SHAPES for DIFFERENT YARNS
Throughout history, various locations show preferences for different shapes of whorls. The Curious Spinster wonders Why Why Why.