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Malcolm Fielding: Kindness from the Land Down Under


Earlier this year when things were looking financially rosey, I put a deposit on a couple of custom spindles from master spindle maker, Malcolm Fielding. Mr Fielding has a website called The Lace Bobbin Shop. He also sells on etsy. If you aren’t familiar with his work, prepare to fall in love. Bobbin lace practioners will be stunned too, so be sure to take a peak.

Fast forward to November where things became less financially rosey, I ended up having to cancel my order with Mr Fielding. I was going to lose my $25 deposit but I had no choice with mounting medical bills looming beyond and in front of the horizon. I emailed Mr Fielding who later emailed me back with a lovely surprise – he advised me to look in the mailbox as he was sending me one of his amazing Dervish Spindles at no extra charge. How nice is that?! His kindness left me speechless. He knew I was having a tough time and had wanted to spread some good cheer. How many business owners would choose to take a loss and go out of their way to please a customer in a foreign country? I should think this rates Mr Fielding as incredibly nice on the special people meter.


So now, it is a couple of weeks later and guess what came in the mail today nestled in soft Tasmanian Corriedale? The Dervish! It is absolutely stunning and is one of the best spinners I have ever had. (I would say that whether he gave me the spindle or not.) It is really THAT good. I love the gorgeous Lace Sheoak whorl with the hard dymondwood shaft. He invited me to sell it if I needed to (I mean, so nice again!) or if I didn’t like it but I can tell you that this beauty will never leave me. It is now wearing a coat of blue merino/silk.


(Note to spinners: I encourage you to check out his exquisite workmanship. You won’t regret it!)

Thank you, Malcolm, for your generosity! Your gift came at the right moment. I will use and treasure my new Dervish. It will always be dear to me. I deeply appreciate your kindness. Thank you!



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Spinning gear, Steampunk style

Support Trindle shown with Steampunk gear arms and malachite arms for a regular Trindle.


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Temporary Cop? Oh, yes!

As I was perusing through Fleegle’s excellent book, Fleegle Spins Supported, I read about making a temporary cop.  This was not a new concept to me but I guess it seemed like an unnecessary step.  Sure, lots of people do it and swear by it but to me, it was more of the “W” word. (work)

C.S.PEARCE, Labor Mural by C.S.PEARCE, 1896

A temporary cop is made you you wind-on your support spindle yarn in a smaller area near the top of the spindle.  It can be quick and dirty.  No need to try to make a perfect cop as the yarn will be resting there for only a short time.  After you have spun enough yarn where you feel the temporary cop is large enough to wind-on, you butterfly it onto your hand, and wind it onto the main cop on the rest of the spindle shaft.

Not that kind of butterfly! Image by Bert de Tilly, 2012, CC

For some strange reason, I blame the concussion I am nursing right now, I tried it a few days ago.  Let me tell you, I LOVE it.

Neal Brand Tibetan showing temporary cop in progress. (Bowl by Bristlecone)

Here is some lovely BFL by being spun for the August spinning club at Spindle Candy on Ravelry.  I am using a Neal Brand Tibetan and a Bristlecone support bowl. (It’s okay to mix and match, don’t you think?)  Notice the massive main cop that takes up a large portion of the shaft and the smaller, temporary cop wound closer to the top of the spindle.

What I love about the temporary cop is the feeling of a more continuous spinning experience.  The butterfly wind on is a great chance to balance your fiber-hand’s muscles by stretching it out.  Both the butterflying and the proper wind-on go quickly and mindlessly after a few times.  Just wonderful stuff.

Close-up of temporary cop.

So if you haven’t tried the temporary cop, please give it a go.  Try it for one night.  I am hoping that you will feel the benefits as I did.  Support spinning is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.

Side note: If you are thinking about getting Fleegle’s book in the printed version, you may want to order it sooner rather than later.  I read a post of hers where she said she thinks she will run out. Glad I got mine.  (No, I don’t get kickbacks from Fleegle.  I just like the book.)


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