Thursday, December 31, 2009

If you came here from my old web site ...

thanks for coming over. I changed ISP and my free web space and domain name are no longer mine. They still work at the moment but I may lose access to them soon. If it's like any of my other old sites, they stick around for years in limbo. I will put some of the articles on other space when I can. Noake's Guide to Worcestershire:the complete text, which is by far the largest part, is now available on the Internet Archive, from a scan by Google Books (several others by Noake there too), so I won't be reposting it in that form.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spin with a Drop Spindle - wikiHow

I'm collecting some articles together to put on a wiki or web site for Tudor House, Worcester, where I am a volunteer. This one is about the cloth industry. Tudor House was first used by weavers.
Spin with a Drop Spindle - wikiHow

How to Spin with a Drop Spindle

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Would you like to make your own yarn to knit or crochet? Make your gloves, socks, awesome knitted sweater cheaply with cool fibers? Then, this is the article for you. This article (and the video below) deals with using a hand spindle (drop spindle).


  1. Make a leader. Tie a two and a half foot long piece of yarn right above the edge of the whorl, the disc at the bottom of the spindle.
  2. Tie a knot at the top of the spindle where an indentation is.
  3. Twirl the hand spindle (drop spindle) in a clockwise direction.
  4. Holding the end of the leader with one hand, hold the edge of the unspun fibers to the end of the leader without letting go. The yarn should start looking like yarn.
  5. Wind the yarn you just spun onto the hand spindle (drop spindle) shaft and continue.


Part of a series showing in detail how to use a drop spindle.


  • Make sure the direction of the spinning hand spindle (drop spindle) always stays the same.
  • To help wind yarn onto the shaft, place the point of the spindle on carpet, as it will not unwind on you.
  • Merino sheep wool is a good starting fiber because of its crimp. Some may find pure merino to be expensive. You may want to try a wool blend.
  • There are different types of hand spindles - bottom whorl and top whorl as well as Navajo Spindles.

Things You'll Need

  • A hand spindle (drop spindle) - For beginners, a hand spindle (drop spindle) is recommended, because it's both easier to find or make, and it teaches the necessary control for spinning on any wheel. It is possible to start with a traditional spinning wheel, but instead of being less than $10, you'll be lucky if it costs $200.
  • Fiber (Can be roving, batts, slivers, or rolags) - Only buy an ounce (~12g) or so to start.

Related wikiHows

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - Central Criminal Court

Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - Central Criminal Court is now on-line, so your need to investigate old serious crimes can be satisfied. There's a good search facility, and fortunately the only ancestor I could find was a policeman there as a witness.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Elgar conducts Pomp and Circumstance No. 1

I just found this archive film of Edward Elgar conducting at Abbey Road Studios on YouTube. There are films of other composers, Grieg and Stravinsky amongst them, on YouTube, as well as anything else you can imagine.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

New Photos on my Flickr page

I've put some new pictures, of a Music Hall held recently at Tudor House in Friar Street, where I was singing, and as a last minute replacement, chairing and chiding the churchless choreomancy (OK, I think I made up the last word - it would mean using dance for divination) of the other performers.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ray Jones has a new book

Ray Jones, who has written several good books of local history from photographs, has just produced a new one, celebrating the pioneers of photography in Worcester.
Full details on Surf Worcester.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Worcestershire & Dudley Historic Churches Trust

Worcestershire & Dudley Historic Churches Trust has an excellent site with fascinating historic pictures of many Worcestershire churches. The picture shows Broadwas Church.