Spinning Tools ~ Have You Hand Painted or Stained Yours ?

As a creative person I love color, especially turquoise and red.  Two me these two colors go together marvelously well and at times can even look a bit vintage.

niddy-noddy (plural niddy-noddies) is a tool used to make skeins from yarn. It consists of a central bar, with crossbars at each end, offset from each other by 90°. The central bar is generally carved to make it easier to hold.

Earlier this year with the purchase of two wheels from The Woolery, I received  with each purchase an unfinished Kromski Niddy Noddy.  I had received the same noddy from them two years prior that I had stained a weathered gray and loved how it turned out, so much so that I decided to stain my new ones red and turquoise.

I also stained my Ashford carders to match and love how they now look. After seeing them next to my blending board in the photo above, I think I might have to stain my dowels for my blending board too!

On the left I used Turquoise Stain and on the right I used Barn Red Stain, both are by Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain by Rust-Olem.

I use my niddy noddies often and love the look of my handspun yarn on them, especially when I take photos.  

If you're a beginner spinner, this is a great video on how to use the niddy noddy.  Noddies are great for measuring yarn and skeining yarn, which helps to keep your handspun from getting tangled.

Until next time ~ stay creative!

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