Drop spindles are inexpensive, portable, and simple to use, but many people find them uncomfortable to use. Our ancestors found a remarkably simple and practical solution: the distaff. A hand held distaff can make spinning far more relaxed and comfortable. It can also help you to control your yarn, even to spin fine lace yarn with ease. We will talk about ancient distaffs, and even look at some artifacts up close. Then we will play with modern replicas. Everybody will get to try various types of distaffs and spindles. Although small amounts of fibers will be provided for people to try, please feel free to bring some of your own, if you wish. There will be many types of spindles, but you are welcome to bring along your favorite, too. You may find it helpful to bring a camera to take pictures or videos of spinning with a distaff.
Experience Level: Advanced beginner. This class will make more sense to you if you are already a little familiar with how spinning works. However, if you are a beginner and wish to come, bring a spinner friend who can help you at first.
Sunday • July 15 • Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Cost $35 • Limit 12