Takli Spindle The Takli is designed to spin short fibers, cotton, cashmere, camel down, silk, yak, etc..
I use camel down as it is very easy to spin and makes a nice yarn. It is 9 inches tall with a whorl made of
an alloy containing nickel and silver, for weight. A leader is attached to the base to get you started.
When you have filled the takli, you transfer the yarn to the Navajo spindle which has a core, or spool attached. Then you
fill the Takli again. The yarn is attached to the yarn on the spool and transferred again. This is repeated until you have 2 ounces
of single-ply on one spool. Change spools and repeat the process. Then the two are mounted on the REEL-SWIFT-SKIENER,
and plied back onto the Navajo spindle in the opposite direction. This gives you a continuous length of two-ply yarn to knit
into a scarf!
The Takli is spun like a top. It is held in your left hand with your thumb and forefinger creating a circle to keep it upright. The
DVD explains the process. You will develop a rhythm. I watch TV while I am spinning. Seven to ten spindles full will fill a spool.
The Takli is sharp, so you must be careful, especially if you have children around. You must use a bowl or some base for it to spin in.
I use a brass Tibetan prayer bowl. Any small dish will do.
The basics of spinning are: spin the spindle to create twist in the leader, then draw out the twist into a puff of fibers, which creates
the yarn, to arms length. Then add some extra twist to it. Stop and draft it back onto the spindle, repeat....till the spindle is full.
All this is explained in detail on the DVD.
It is not that hard to learn. Anyone can do it. I really enjoy it! It is a basic skill that everyone used to know, we have gotten away
from these basic skills in this industrial age. It is good to relearn what was once part of our great grandparents lives....I find it
meditative and calming and you get a feeling of actually creating something from scratch that can last a lifetime.