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Spinning and plying instruments


spindle (rueca)

Hand instrument used for spinning, of variable length and diameter, made out of a thin rod, generally of wood, to which fixed to a disc of pottery, stone, wood, or other material. Turning it produces the counterweight and tension needed to create revolutions with which the fibre can be twisted and cover the rod. These instruments come in larger versions that are used to double or plait the yarn that is the product of spinning.

plying spindle (rueca para torcelar)

Spindle that is used to join two threads in the direction opposed to its spin, S-Z or Z-S, with the intention of strengthening the thread by increasing its thickness.