Full Chisel Blog

January 7, 2014

Happy St. Distaff Day

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Spinning Wheel,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:11 am

curly maple wheel6

Also called ‘Rock Day’, rock is a traditional term for the distaff.  The distaff is the part of a spinning wheel that holds the fibers being spun into thread/yarn.

It is the day after Twelfth Night or the Feast of Epiphany and on this day (January 7th), the day when women resume spinning after the holidays,

Time to get back to woodworking too, and I will be working on a spinning wheel.


1 Comment »

  1. what a lovely old birdcage distaff. I would love to have one like this for my Swedish wheel. It is used for spinning long line flax and that is my favorite fiber to spin…

    Comment by baana — January 7, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

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