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Latin America ceramic and wood spindle detail  Many spindle whorls are decorated with incised images, and as they spin the images blend together, perhaps mesmerizing the person spinning. In Colombia, some spindle whorls have pebbles inserted into them and as they spin they emit a rhythmic humming.

Online Latin American collection of over 1200 artifacts and archival images held by the Simon Fraser University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Sparkly canarywood top whorl drop spindle with an antique circle pin in the top.   Sparkles in the sun. $36.00, via Etsy.

Sparkly canarywood top whorl drop spindle with an antique circle pin in the top. Sparkles in the sun

Togo. Woman spinning with a bottom-whorl-spindle. On this postcard, sent 1955, the stamp also shows the image of two women spinning.

Woman spinning with a bottom-whorl-spindle. On this postcard, sent the stamp also shows the image of two women spinning.

Frühling! Und ein versponnenes Blumenbouqet

Frühling! Und ein versponnenes Blumenbouqet

Tracy at Woolly Designs Spindles. I absolutely love spindles with cut outs. It would be so fun to watch the cop build through those little holes.

Woolly Designs spindles - amazing long spin on these

This Teacup spindle is made from alternative ivory and African blackwood, and on the whorl is an image of the White Rabbit, adapted from an original illustration from Alice in Wonderland.  It is 10 inches long and 1.23 oz.

This Teacup spindle is made from alternative ivory and African blackwood, and on the whorl is an image of the White Rabbit, adapted from an original illustration from Alice in Wonderland. It is 10 inches long and oz.

Ravelry: Kahli6's Spindle Trindleman's supported Trindle with heavyweight Disco Ball 'arms'.  Get down- boogie oogie oogie.

Ravelry: Spindle Trindleman's supported Trindle with heavyweight Disco Ball 'arms'. Get down- boogie oogie oogie.

Wood, Nut (plant), Cotton.  Description: Wooden spindle for spinning cotton; the knob or weight is the nut of a wine palm. Penn Museum Online Collection.  From Guatemala.

Description: Wooden spindle for spinning cotton; the knob or weight is the nut of a wine palm. From Guatemala.

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