Soapstone carving

Dendritic Soapstone from Green's. This one I bought more for an example of the raw material for display. (iPhone photo)

Dendritic Soapstone from Green’s. This one I bought more for an example of the raw material for display. (iPhone photo)

In previous posts I mentioned that I was working with soapstone – for my spindle whorl as well as for the moulds for my pewter pendants. I thought I’d share where I got the soapstone – Green’s Lapidary in Calgary.

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Soapstone spindle whorl

Hand-spun wool on my hand-made spindle

Hand-spun wool on my hand-made spindle

For one of my Kingdom Arts & Science entries, I wanted to do some Naalbinding… using hand-spun yarn. I only learned how to spin with a drop spindle (I haven’t yet learned how to use a spinning wheel, since I don’t have one, and a drop spindle is a lot more portable!) this past summer, but already really enjoy it – even though it takes AGES!

I decided that for the entry I wanted to spin my own yarn… and set myself a “stretch goal” of also carving my own drop spindle whorl from soapstone as well.

I’m thrilled… that I was able to do it!

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