My Fiber Arts Tools

Here's a list of the names of a bunch of my various fiber arts tools. Just thought I'd share!

Spindles:
Drucilla, Enid, Mavis, and Lacy (set of four, listed largest to smallest)
Odette
Agatha
Argenta (reproduction 13th-15th century English drop spindle)
Katherine Swynford (I didn't name this one. She's the Katherine's Cup from Greensleeves Spindles.)

Looms:
Ruby (Schacht Mighty Wolf 4-harness floor loom)
Penelope (tapestry loom)
Nita (Navajo loom)
Arachne (pin loom)

Sewing machines:
Minnie
Heidi

Dye pots:
Dexter
Marigold

Other:
Liesel (antique skein winder)
Hildelinde (antique spinning wheel)

Actually, I've been trying to decide on a name for my inkle loom. I keep going between Ingrid and Freya/Freja. Anyone want to convince me one way or the other?

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June 16, 2017 7:09 PM

Whoa! I have no idea what all that gobbledygook is! Feel free to edit, mods!

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By EVie
June 16, 2017 9:29 PM

Fixed it for you. I have no idea how that happened, as none of the gobbledygook or anything even showed up on the edit screen, but I copied and pasted it into my text editor, reformatted and copied and pasted back, and somehow that seemed to work.

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By EVie
June 16, 2017 9:34 PM

I love your literary allusions! Particularly Penelope and Arachne for looms. I know Katherine Swynford, the mistress of John of Gaunt, but is Argenta also a medieval reference?

It's awesome that you have all that stuff. I'm getting really interested in fiber arts, but except for knitting, I'm a total beginner. I wove two small rugs for my bathroom on homemade cardboard looms and am teaching myself macrame. Next step is learning to use the sewing machine!

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June 17, 2017 5:34 PM

Thanks! :D

Nita is actually a literary reference, too. Well, a comic book reference... Nita Nitaal Nakia is a Diné (Navajo) superheroine in Tribal Force, which was the first comic book to feature an all-Native superhero team. Of course, my Mighty Wolf loom had to have a Little Red Riding Hood inspired name, so she ended up Ruby. My dress form, who I just realized I left off, was already named Scarlett after Ms. O'Hara.

Argenta is a documented name in late medieval England, but I didn't choose it after a specific individual.

It's taken me years to acquire all these! I got my first loom (Penelope) when I was only around 5 or 6 years old. If you're interested in fiber arts, then you must join Ravelry. It started as a social network for knitters, but it has expanded to include crocheting, weaving, and spinning. The community there is generally very helpful, too, if you get stuck with anything. Good luck learning your sewing machine!

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June 16, 2017 10:28 PM

The inkle loom should be Ingrid. :)

I know a *lot* of spinners and other fiber-arts-types, but my attitude toward spinning is "been there, done that, don't need to do it again". My mother once had a reproduction early-19th-century flax wheel made for me, but with the recent downsize, I sold it to a friend - she might actually use it. (Even when I got the wheel, I would've been much happier with a reproduction 14th century writing slope, but mother thought she'd found the Best Present Ever and there was no talking her down. That's also how I've acquired a candle mold which is too fragile to actually make the trip across the ocean. I have no idea what made her think I needed or wanted a candle mold.)

Does Argenta have a silver-colored whorl, hence the name?

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June 17, 2017 5:49 PM

Haha, ok! Ingrid it is! :)

Gah!! Hungarian flax wheels are gorgeous!! Obviously, your mom had found the Best Present Ever, just not the Best Recipient Ever to match! I'm glad to hear it's gone to someone who is more likely to use it.

Argenta does indeed have a silver-colored whorl! Historically the whorl would have been made of lead, but the modern reproduction is made of pewter cast using the same process as the lead whorls of old.

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June 19, 2017 10:30 AM

I got a whorl like that for a friend of mine - same pewter-imitating-lead, same time period. The guy I bought it from owned at least one actual medieval whorl, but he wasn't selling that. (And I don't think he had it with him at the event, because I don't remember seeing it, just a picture of it.) The friend I got it for was one of the people instrumental to teaching the SCA that medieval spindles were bottom-weighted, not top-weighted like many (most?) modern drop-spindles. She's also active on Ravelry, but I don't know what her username is.

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June 20, 2017 8:00 PM

Argenta was a gift, so I'm not sure where she came from, but it could very well be from the same maker. (Oddly, the informational card that came with it didn't have the maker's name on it.) I don't know statistically if most modern drop spindles are top-whorl, but based just on observation, I think they are. I've heard numerous spinners who have tried both say they think top-whorl spindles are easier to use. Personally, I have and use both and don't find either one any more difficult than the other. I do slightly cringe every time I see someone using a top-weighted spindle at a medieval event, though, even when it's just a "medieval-ish" fair!