Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Spinning Wool with a Distaff….

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I am reading this stonking book at present, which is a lovely tale, and also has some interesting characters.  Some of these are being referred to as undertaking spinning wool with a distaff. 
This got me thinking about the technicalities of undertaking this, as I associate the distaff with linen, but there of course was a time before the invention of the spinning wheel, also it would have been important for some communities to be mobile, which the distaff and whirl would have enabled.
So googling it, as is my want when I am trying to work out something in my mind, I found this lovely picture on wiki and thought I would share.

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