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Zielinski's Doubling Stand

. . . if you don't have a spinning wheel.

I found this "recipe" in the Encyclopedia of Hand-Weaving by Stanislaw Zielinsk--a book I browse every time I find myself waiting for something. Here is the text of the entry for Doubling Stand:

A simple wooden appliance for twisting several yarns together. It consists of a board, or vase, an upright piece of wood, and a shelf attached to the upright about half-way up. One or more tubes of yarn stand on the base, and one or more on the shelf which is perforated in the centre. The yarn from the tubes on the base passes through the hole in the shelf and through the upper tube. When the yarn is pulled up over a hook in the stand, the yarn from the upper tube encircles all the other yarns coming from below. The twist thus obtained is always very loose, and depends only on the diameter of the upper tube.

--Encylopedia of Hand-Weaving, Stanislaw A. Zielinski, p. 47. Funk & Wagnalls, 1976. © 1959 The Ryerson Press.

Zielinski drawing of doubling stand. rough build of doubling stand
Zielinkski's sketch of the doubling stand. My rough build.

I found this entry after I learned in a weavers' meeting that when winding two threads on one bobbin, those two threads will behave better if they are twisted. To do this, I learned, one needed a spinning wheel. Not having one and being the proverbial starving artist, I was very excited to see the Doubling Stand entry in Zielinski's book. While the twist is loose, it is far better than no twist.