Monday, 26 July 2010

How to Make a CD Spindle

If you have read "Portrait of a Hand Spinner" you will have read about Cecile's quest to make the perfect spindle. One of the first spindles she made herself was the CD spindle. Here are the instructions for the CD spindle drawn by Eddie. A very big thanks to Cecile for letting us in on how she did this. If you have any questions that are not answered in the how-to, feel free to comment them below and we will get Cecile to answer them for you.

The instructions are free to use under the Creative Commons License: CC-BY-NC-ND, which means that you are welcome to download, print, use and distribute this how-to for non-commercial reasons as long as you attribute it to Historic Crafts and don't make any changes to it.
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  3. Hi Eddie. At CTR they have performed a row of controlled experiments with spindles and loom weights, in order to understand the archaelogical material. Their reports can be found here -perhaps they are of interest.


  4. Hi Ida,
    I will send this link on to Cecile who is experimenting with making the perfect spindle.
    Thanks for sharing it!


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