If you know me at all, you know that my favorite way to learn a new craft is with a kit. This is especially true when it comes to crafts like spinning, which by its very nature involves a lot of hands-on learning to master. Knowing I’ve got high quality, beginner friendly materials to work with makes it easier to focus on my technique. Below, you’ll find my favorite drop spindle kits so you can get started on this fun craft too!

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Best Video Workshop Kit: The Crafter’s Box Drop Spindle Workshop

The Drop Spindle Workshop with Lauren McElroy from Crafter was my first introduction to drop spindle. The kit comes with two top whorl drop spindles, some easy to work with combed top wool, and everything you need to DIY a lazy Kate for plying. Like all crafter’s box kits, there’s also is a step-by-step video workshop included.

I found this kit easy to use and very beginner friendly. I did have a slight issue with my first attempt as the top of my spindle was loose and I didn’t know that it wasn’t supposed to be (newbie problems!). However, it was easily fixed with a dot of glue and everything worked just fine from there.

I also liked that there was a significant amount of wool included in this kit. Drop spindle is something that can only really be learned by practice, so having a lot of material to mess around with is essential.

Two spindles filled with singles from The Crafter's Box drop spindle kit.

Best Overall Value: Sandstone & Shetland Drop Spindle Kit

If I was starting from nothing, I think this Sandstone and Shetland Spindle Kit would be the one I would buy first. While it doesn’t include any instruction, it’s very affordable (23$ when I last looked) and includes four different types of wool and a spindle. And if you don’t like the Sandstone color way, the fiberfate shop has a few additional drop spindle kits in colors like Sage or High Seas.

They also sell just the fiber without the spindle. So, if you have one already or want to DIY your own, this is a good way to get a little practice fiber.

Best Kit for Prime Members: DICHA 3 Inch Drop Spindle Kit

I’m usually pretty skeptical of craft products from Amazon, but there are a few drop spindle kits on there that are worth a closer look. This kit from DICHA includes a drop spindle, a selection of different colored wool to spin, and a small instruction book.

Reviews of the kit are generally positive. Buyers like that the kit has a lot of different colors to play with and think it’s a good stater set. However, some people complain that their spindle isn’t well balanced and the wool provided has fibers on the shorter side, making it challenging for a new spinner to use. Some users also say that the book provided doesn’t give enough instruction to be really useful.

This kit is probably best for the person who likes to have a bunch of colors to play with and prefers to order through Amazon for the convience factor.

Best Kit For Blending: Ashford Introduction to Spinning Kit

If you want to learn not just spinning, but also fiber blending, this kit from Ashford would be a great choice. It comes with a drop spindle, carders, and a variety of fibers and mix-ins. While I bet this would be a fun kit for anyone, it’s definitely a perfect choice for someone who wants to start spinning their own art yarn.

This made it into my list of recommended kits not only because the fiber selection looks like a lot of fun (and it does!) but also because Ashford is a well known name in fiber arts. This isn’t a company dabbling in spinning, it’s one of their main focuses. So, if later you find you want to upgrade to a spinning wheel, they’re a good brand to know.

Introduction to spinning kit from Ashford. Image via MielkesFiberArts on Etsy.

Best Kits for Rare Fibers: SweetGeorgia Yarns Spinning Fiber Kits

If you’ve got the basics down and are looking to try out a bunch of different fiber types, you may want to check out the Spinning Kits or the Fiber Sampler from SweetGeorgia Yarns. While these don’t include a spindle, they are a great way to try out a bunch of different well-prepared fibers in one place. Members of the School of SweetGeorgia get discounts on some of the fibers and yarns in the store, so if you’re thinking of signing up to take their spinning classes (and they have a great one on drop spindle!) do that first.

I’ve got a sampler set from them on the way to me right now, as well as some of their specialty fibers. As a new spinner, I really want to explore a lot of different types of fiber, so those were really appealing to me.

This, of course, is only a small fraction of the drop spindle kits on the market today. However, I think it represents a great way to start learning this craft. Do you have a favorite spindle, wool, or kit to recommend? Or have you tried any of the above kits? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram!

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