The Damsel Monique came about for two reasons. Foremost, I had been pondering a small question with our light fine spindles. They fill up so fast! I love taking a small baggie of fine fiber and a Lady Barbara, McKenna Lee, or Loki where I have a few minutes to spend spindling. However too soon they are filled to the brim and out of room! I wanted to come up with a spindle that would combine lightness, speed, and balance, ensuring lots of cop room and hours of spinning time. After much thought I have engineered a spindle will a large whorl, from 2 3/4 to 3 inches, a shaft length of 7 inches and weights from .4 to .9 depending on the wood chosen. Theses spindles spin for a long, long time, look delicate but are durable, fast, light and perfectly balanced. You can enjoy spinning for a long time before the cop fills up on this spindle. I have offered the Damsel Monique in Masur Birch, or Redwood Burl laminated in a choice of Purpleheart, Bloodwood, Paduk, Honduras Redheart, Honduras “Pinkheart” (this is the sapwood of Honduras Redheart and is a light girly pink) also in combinations of Bolivian Rosewood/Spalted Maple, Spalted Maple/Purpleheart, Canarywood/Paduk, and Pomelle Bubinga/Pinkheart. Other combinations will come available as we experiment with weights and how the woods react to this design.
As to the second reason we have a new spindle, my eldest daughter Monique, came to me with this remark, “ What do I (place expletive here) have to do to get a spindle named after me!!” It is true that I have a spindle named after my Mother, the Lady Barbara, my second daughter, McKenna Lee, Bart’s sister Kelly, even our favorite dog, the Mastiff! Not to mention the many non-related and related historic figures that have been kind enough to lend their names to spindles in the Greensleeves line. Thinking fast and deciding that now would be an advantageous time to create and name our new spindle the Damsel Monique. A spindle that is pretty, fair, and a highly functioning dainty girl just like its namesake.