Mayan Spinners are wonderfully simple and robust spinning tools.
They are named after the descendants of the Maya in Guatemala who used similar tools for making ropes.
They are easy and fun to use and a great way to learn how to spin.
A Mayan Spinner consists of two parts: a handle and a paddle.
The handle is inserted through the hole and used to rotate the paddle. This rotation generates twist which enables the spinner to turn fibre into yarn.
One hand rotates the paddle while the other hand holds the fibre being spun. Once sufficient twist has been added, the paddle can be "parked" between your knees and both hands can be used to draft out the fibre to determine the thickness of the yarn. As you work, the spun yarn is stored at the base of the paddle.
Step by step how to use a Mayan Spinner.
Bonsai Woman Mayan Spinners are handmade in Singleton, Australia. For strength and durability, the handles are turned from a single piece of Tasmanian oak dowel. The paddles are made from three different types of recycled timber - merbau, kauri and hardwood. Each timber is a different weight, so you have a choice of a medium, light or heavyweight paddle. We have included a groove and a notch in the paddle to assist in winding on the yarn.
Bonsai Woman Mayan Spinners have been designed with the beginner spinner in mind. They come with a comprehensive 15 page instruction booklet and 20g of easy to spin natural fibre.
There is also an option to buy a set consisting of one handle and all three paddles.
A step by step demonstration of how to join a new fibre supply to your spun yarn.
In this video I show what a balanced yarn looks like. I compare it to an underspun yarn and an overspun yarn to give you an idea of what you are aiming for and how to correct the twist.
An explanation of why slubs (thick underspun sections) appear in your yarn, and step by step instructions on how to get rid of them.