Spinning and Dyeing Yarn
A kick spindle may also be called a Mother Marion Wheel and is easy to make using readily available materials. A heavier base will keep your kick spindle from sliding across the floor when you are using it.
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The base used here was a piece of 5cm (2in) thick wood that measured 18 x 23cm (7 x 9in). You can use any size of wooden base, as long as it’s thick enough to drill into. Drill an indentation (with a drill fitted with a 13mm/½in bit) at a 45-degree angle into the base of your wood. Place the thimble into this indentation. You can glue the thimble into the indentation if it is loose. When
you are ready to spin, place some oil into the thimble to help the spindle spin freely without drag.
Attach the support beam to the base of the kick spindle with a screw
Drill a 13mm (½in) hole through the centre of the large bun foot and small bun foot. Slide the dowel through the 45-degree hole into the support and, before you place the base of it into the thimble, slide it through the large bun foot. Place the bottom of the dowel into the thimble and adjust the bun foot so that it is between the thimble and the support.