A Spinning Charkha Made of Legos

Here’s some spinning inspiration for you weavers today from Judy Kavanagh, a spinner from Ottowa Ontario, who made a spinning charkha made of legos. You’ve got to check out this video of her spinning cotton.

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Check out Judy Kavanagh spinning cotton on a Lego charkha! Image courtesy of Judy Kavanagh.

The charkha is one of the oldest-known forms of the spinning wheel. The drive wheel is turned by hand, and yarn spun onto the tip of the spindle. It’s idea for spinning cotton and other fine fibers with short staples. As you can see, the charkha can be quite compact.

The charkha is a symbol of the Indian independence movement, because of how important it was (and still is) to daily life. Mahatma Gandhi used it as a symbol of self-sufficiency and independence, his dream for India. The charkha has even appeared in past versions of the Flag of India.

Want to spin cotton yourself? It’s great for weaving. Check out this video, Spinning Cotton, and learn how to use a charkha to spin your own cotton yarn.


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