Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Time Passes

Time passes very quickly as we all know very well.....

I have had a etsy shop since August of 2007, I opened it in hopes of selling some finished items and spun yarn. I sold a few things and then simply forgot I even had a etsy shop when things quit selling. Flash forward to this time last year....I decided to close the shop down since nothing was happening and I was just taking up space some else could use. Dale (aka the boss) said I should try it again to see if things had changed. We had been making the bigger Turkish spindles and selling them locally at this time. I asked Dale for a tiny spindle that I could hang from the rear view mirror on my new vehicle so I could find it easier in the parking lot. He made a top whorl drop spindle about 4 inches long, it was OK but I wanted something different, besides it doesn't spin yarn.
I finally convinced him to make a tiny Turkish spindle, imagine my surprise when it actually spun yarn...well thread. LOL! I thought this would be a neat item to add to the etsy site someone else might want a car ornament/ spindle to use in case of a spinning melt down while waiting in traffic. The first Turkish spindle listed was made entirely of Maple and was a real lightweight, it weighed .37 ounces, it was 4-1/2 inches long with a arm length of 2 inches. It was listed on January 27th and sold on February 3rd to "Gullate". This was followed by 2 more spindles on the 4th and another on the 5th of February. Dale was surprised and amazed when I told him I needed more spindles and people were actually writing us and asking for more! LOL! He didn't believe me until I showed him the emails and paypal payments. The little tiny spindle #6 in the photo above was our first spindle sold on etsy. So even though I have been on etsy since 2007, we consider February the 3rd our 1 year anniversary on etsy. Just by coincidence February the 4th is Dale's 50 something birthday.

In honor of this we have made a special limited edition tiny Turkish spindle. We sold 14 spindles back in February of last year, we are limiting this special edition to 15 for luck. I will take special orders on this spindle, we are letting out blog followers know about it first. Let me know you want one and I will send you a paypal invoice...the price for this one time spindle is $ 40.00 and that includes shipping to US only, add an additional $5.00 for International orders.

This spindle will arrive with some very special fiber......Number 1 is already reserved......14 are left!

Remember email me for a invoice to purchase this spindle. Threadsthrutime AT cox DOT net (make sure to replace the AT and Dot with the correct symbols)

It is made with a Osage Orange shaft, and the whorl is made of Gaboon Ebony. Gaboon Ebony is one of the darkest, blackest ebonys and therefore the most expensive ebony sold. We have used it in small amounts on shafts but we have never, nor will we ever again use it for whorls. They are 4-1/2 inches long, 2-1/2 inches wide and weigh 0.7 ounces.

Note: I will list these on etsy this weekend sometime.....

Psssst! Psssst! We have other special spindles planed for the remainder of the year the next one is a real sweetheart. I will try to let you know a day or two before I list them on etsy.........


  1. Thanks for sharing a history I didn't know! I love the idea of limited edition spindles, and will watch for each new issue. This first one doesn't "grab" me, but maybe the next one will!

  2. I just sent you an email, I hope it gets to you as I think I've been having issues with my email lately.

    Love your spindle!

  3. What a really neat history, thanks so much for sharing. Like Michelle, this one doesn't grab me either, but the one I bought just a couple weeks ago sure does! I'm always looking, though, and hoping the next one in a medium or large size will be my next big purchase. :)

  4. I'm the "Gullate" that purchased the first Turkish spindle. It was the smallest spindle I had ever seen and I knew I had to have it. It may look like a toy but it spins perfectly.

    I just received in the mail a Limited Edition Anniversary Spindle like the one pictured above as a "thank you" gift for being their first Turkish spindle customer. I love Gaboon Ebony so much that I recently had a WPI/stitch gauge made from it so it is as if they read my mind when they designed this spindle.

    I never would have guessed that a purchase I made a few years ago would lead to receiving such a beautiful gift. Thank you for your generosity, Dale & Barbara.