When is a Cop a Whorl?
I set up one of my Viking Oseberg-style spindle sticks with a v-shaped Nok on top so it would spin with a pottery whorl on the bottom. I dressed my Oseberg-style Hand Distaff with drum carded batts of brown anonymous fleece. To see my spindles and distaves in action, go to the missingspindle YouTube channel here. I spun until the spindle got too heavy to revolve well, and removed the spindle whorl. I continued to spin, using the yarn cop as the whorl until, once again, the spindle got too heavy to revolve well, and my fingers/thumb joints were complaining.
Then I rolled a ball off gradually, photographing as I went. I am pleased with the result. Once the spindle got to 2 ounces as I was spinning, it was definitely time to remove the whorl. Soon, I'm going to insert a home-made video of this spindle and a hand distaff in action. Not made with a fabulous camera like the YouTubes above, but I hope useful. Below are the pixs:
|The spindle with 3 ounce cop, and no whorl.|
|Then I kept rolling to 1 ounce -whorl in place|
|2 ounces (whorl should be in place|
|then 3 ounces (whorl should be in place)|