Supported spindling is excellent if you have physical issues that make treadling difficult, and/or if you have upper body issues that make holding a suspended spindle for long periods a challenge.
I can spin in my recliner, even when I am very weary. I can do this even when my ankles have blown out, as they do periodically, requiring me to walk (very carefully) with a cane and avoid extra stress on my feet (like treadling).
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FarmerEstes, how does your leader "stop" the spindle?
Let's see ... let's back up a bit.
What kind of spindle are you using? Will it sustain a spin for say, a count of ten if you flick it and just let it go, with no yarn on it or anything?
If it will do that, then once you have your leader on, are you spiralling it up to the tip and off the top at about a 45 degree angle? You might also find your spindle needs to lean a bit away from your fibre supply hand, it may not want to be spinning straight up and down but slightly tilted (10 to 15 degrees) over to the side (like a listing boat!).
Also, do not underestimate just how loosely held your fibre needs to be. The 'peeling it apart and layering it' thing I do at the start of the video, and the drafting from the fold thing - that's REALLY important. It has to be waaaay looser than for two handed drafting, like at the wheel.
If you can give me a few more details of what's happening when you spin, I'll see what I can do to help!
Maybe I don't have a 45 degree angle. It's like the spindle won't turn, the leader or wool just isn't slipping off the top tip. I bet I just need to focus on holding my hand at an angle. Does that sound right?
__________________ For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. H.L. Mencken
Also - have you confirmed that your spindle will stand and turn for at least several seconds without any fibre in play? There are some spindles out there being sold that really just ... well, they really just don't have quite the right shape and don't spin well. That can be extremely frustrating, too - so some Quality Assurance is your first step. Make sure it will stand and spin with no fibre on it first - and I mean for a good count of ten. If it can't do that, then you probably need a different spindle - or to modify the one you have. Got a photo of what you're using? I can probably tell by looking at it, too.
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