There have been some exciting things in leather, lately. I found some thick leather and etched a celtic knot in it. Came out nicely, and looked just like the whorl of a drop spindle. Well, by now you should know where that led me…
It spins like a dream, and if I drop it, the whorl won’t crack. Like my other signature drop spindles, I use a square stem, and the butt end is weighted for stability.
I am not a leather worker, but I guess it’s time to learn some basics.
Thank you. I learned from the first one, and have the 2nd one stitched up with glossy cotton and silk. I figure I can do without the special stitching thread, since this leather won’t get a lot of wear on the stitches.
Here’s an update on my most recent whorls. They were still drying at this point.
Wow, these are so striking. Beautiful work!
Thank you! They are so much fun to make.
Today my new stitching pony arrived…guess how I’m going to be busy tomorrow?!
I am a tool junkie in the worst way. The ReStore and Hardware Sales (locally owned) get a fair amount from me each month.
A few years ago I would not have paid for something like a stitching pony. I consider it a necessity even if leatherwork remains at hobby-level. As my occupational therapist says, “If there’s an affordable tool that will allow you to do what you enjoy for a lot longer, then get it.”
Two of them will have new owners soon:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drop spindle made from leather, that is soo cool!
It makes a fine yarn. Surprisingly light weight, so it’s not suitable for thicker yarn unless you ply up to size. The balance in my hand is excellent though; when I roll the spun fiber onto the cop (the bump of wound-up yarn is called a ‘cop’) it takes minimal effort.
(and I can personalize any of them…)
One of these days I’ve got to make a video about making/spinning on it. Don’t let me forget!
This is actually one of the things I want to do with my GF, drop spindles, but i never thought of using leather! These are gorgeous!