Spindle Whorls

Spindle whorls are perforated weights from wooden drop spindles.  Their weight helped give the spindle momentum in the twisting, or spinning, of fibres into yarn, for later making into textiles.  Various materials were used for spindle whorls: stone (various, often local, types), shale, ceramic (baked clay, reused vessel sherds), animal skeletal material (bone, antler), wood, and lead. …more