0,5 hours for building the spindle and as much time as you want for hand-spinning human hair yarn
Time (1hr) x Local living wage ($13.50) + Est. Expenses & Utilities ($3) / meters = $2.75 per meter
Spinning is an ancient textile art in which plant or animal fibers are drawn out and twisted together to form yarn. For thousands of years, fiber has been spun by hand with the use of simple tools, as for example, a spindle. Mass production only arose in the 18th century with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In this tutorial, yarn is spun together using human hair. This kind of yarn is perfect to secure the cheesecloth lid for jar full of fermenting matter.
- Put the pencil in the central hole of the fidget spinner. Sometimes the hole is provisionally covered with plastic buttons. Just remove them. If needed, you can slightly enlarge the volume of the pencil by wrapping it with a couple of layers of masking tape. The spinner should spin effortlessly.
- Secure the top and bottom of the spinner so it doesn't move. You can do it by sticking some masking tape around the tip of the stick.
- Make a leader with 20 centimeters of thread or with a paper clip.
First option: Tie a slipknot on both ends of the thread. In other words, it should look like a number eight with one small and one big belly. Attach a smaller slipknot on one arm of the spinner. The other slipknot should stay as the leader; it will be attached to one end of the human hair yarn.
Second option: Hook the paper clip into one of the arms of the spinner.
This is how we put together a top-whorl drop spindle. Now we can start hand-spinning human hair yarn.
- Prepare a bunch of human hair. It shouldn't be too tight together (like in a pony tail or braid). Actually the opposite; it should create a messy bunch. Gather a little bit of it and attach it to the leader.
- Give the fidget spinner a spin, and draft the yarn. Repeat as long as possible.
- When you get a lengthy thread wrap it around one arm of the spinner. Repeat point 5. Be careful, human hair might be quite slippery.
- Repeat points 5 and 6 until you run out of hair or get bored.
- Stretch the thread and fold it into two halves. Hang the spinner in the fold point while keeping in on hand the two loose ends. Let the spinner spin by itself while twisting the yarn for a second time for improved durability.