She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. - Proverbs 31:19
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The Vikings used both top and bottom whorl spindles, but since most of the whorls are found without shafts it’s hard to say which was most common. There are also findings of a wooden rod, called a spinning hook. It’s simply a stick they twirled around like a spindle. The weight of the whorls, suggests that the Vikings spun yarn of different weights. It is interesting to see that the lighter whorls were very common. The yarn they spun with these would have been thin and used to make fine…

The Vikings used both top and bottom whorl spindles, but since most of the whorls are found without shafts it’s hard to say which was most common. There are also findings of a wooden rod, called a spinning hook. It’s simply a stick they twirled around like a spindle. The weight of the whorls, suggests that the Vikings spun yarn of different weights. It is interesting to see that the lighter whorls were very common. The yarn they spun with these would have been thin and used to make fine…

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Selecting a Fleece for Handspinning and How to Wash Your Fleece on The Joy of Handspinning at http://joyofhandspinning.com/how-to-wash-your-fleece/

Selecting a Fleece for Handspinning and How to Wash Your Fleece on The Joy of Handspinning at http://joyofhandspinning.com/how-to-wash-your-fleece/

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Diagram of wool sorts - from http://knit.fm/ ...... the incredibly educating podcasts on all things knitting related by Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig ........ Image from: Modern Textile Dictionary by George Linton, 1954

Diagram of wool sorts - from http://knit.fm/ ...... the incredibly educating podcasts on all things knitting related by Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig ........ Image from: Modern Textile Dictionary by George Linton, 1954

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Teaching Handwork - 3rd grade, river rocks as drop spindles See also: http://teachinghandwork.blogspot.com/2010/08/3rd-grade-spinning-rocks.html

Teaching Handwork - 3rd grade, river rocks as drop spindles See also: http://teachinghandwork.blogspot.com/2010/08/3rd-grade-spinning-rocks.html

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