The Navajo spindle is an example of a
supported spindle and are commonly used by the Navajo and Pueblo Indian
nations. The spinner sits on the floor or in a chair with the bottom
part of the shaft resting on the ground and the top part on the thigh
and the spindle is rolled up the thigh. After the spun yarn reaches arms length it is wound and stored onto the shaft just above the whorl. Using this spindle on a carpet or sitting it in a small bowl will help to keep it from sliding on the floor.
Pictured above: Sara Natani spinning with a Navajo spindle at Soar 2013.