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Master spinner Judith MacKenzie opens her chamber of wonders to show her prized collection of antique spindle whorls. In exploring these ancient (and some not so ancient) treasures, she explores the history of yarn making from early days to the present. From spinning a plied yarn with a quick roll up the thigh to creating an exquisite center-pull ball with a Turkish spindle, Judith demonstrates how this simple tool has shaped human history.

You will love this video if:

  • You want to better understand the physics of spindles
  • You are interested in spinning history
  • You are curious about spinning traditions around the world


Judith MacKenzie

Judith MacKenzie has been spinning and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training has been expanded with world travel, deep research, and industry consultation. She writes and teaches extensively, and is the author of The Intentional Spinner and The Practical Spinner's Guide to Rare Luxury Fibers. Her popular online courses include Three Bags Full, Spinning Primitive Breeds, and Popular Wheel Mechanics.



“Talk about learning something you never thought you needed to know. A beautiful, heartfelt presentation.” - MARY BELDING

Loved it

“The passion for the textiles and hand spinning really shines in this video, and being able to see the collection throughout history, combined with demonstrations was a privilege.” - Ellie Smith

Like all of Judith's videos -- just perfect.

“I could watch [Judith] and listen to her all day. So much to learn and such a brilliant teacher. Her love of her craft just flows outward and draws you in.” - Gisela Towner