Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spinning

Prehistoric crafting happened by streelight at Sewing Snack-n-Chat last night. > 

Expert KH (hands on left) showed Esther how to twist wool into yarn on a spindle.

Watching, I was surprised how "easy" it is; 
not easy to get it right, of course, to spin uniform yarn of the thickness you want, 
but yarn making falls in there with bread- and baby-making... 

Homey things people (women, especially) have been doing forever. 

You can do them well, or you can do them poorly, but you can probably do them.

More images and info about spindles here.

4 comments:

Zhoen said...

From the distaff side.

Frex said...

Sinister.

ArtSparker said...

Or if you are dressed in an appropriate costume in one of those sprawling folk museum (Williamsburg here or the Ethnographic Museum in latvia) you can do it in front of visitors. I can never figure out if you are supposed to break the fourth wall.

Frex said...

Oh, yes, I always feel awkward in those museums where the interpreters don't break roles. It was like that at Plymouth Plantation, and I didn't enjoy play-acting along...
I prefer when they're dressed in the style of the era but talk to you as present-day people.