January 7: St. Distaff's Day. A medieval European celebration of transitioning back to normal work routines, primarily focusing on spinning. "Partly work and partly play/ You must on St. Distaff's Day." (Links to a thorough history of this holiday, which has been revived by modern crafters.)

January 7: St. Distaff's Day. A medieval European celebration of transitioning back to normal work routines, primarily focusing on spinning. "Partly work and partly play/ You must on St. Distaff's Day." (Links to a thorough history of this holiday, which has been revived by modern crafters.)

For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light, and reproofs that discipline are the way to life. -- Proverbs 6:23

For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light, and reproofs that discipline are the way to life. -- Proverbs 6:23

An 82 cm long wand of iron with bronze details and a unique model of a house on the top. It was discovered in a Völva's grave in Köpingsvik, Öland. There is also a pitcher from Persia or Central Asia, and a West European bronze bowl. Dressed in a bear pelt, she had received a ship burial with both human and animal sacrifice.

An 82 cm long wand of iron with bronze details and a unique model of a house on the top. It was discovered in a Völva's grave in Köpingsvik, Öland. There is also a pitcher from Persia or Central Asia, and a West European bronze bowl. Dressed in a bear pelt, she had received a ship burial with both human and animal sacrifice.

Living History - 5 by ~Fatalis-Polunica on deviantART

Living History - 5 by ~Fatalis-Polunica on deviantART

The Embarrassing Truth About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and How to Manage It by Joseph Newburg, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VD1GAQ/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_vd8Tqb0BGNC52

The Embarrassing Truth About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and How to Manage It by Joseph Newburg, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VD1GAQ/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_vd8Tqb0BGNC52

Ancient distaff spinners

Ancient distaff spinners

distaff by traumjanos.deviantart.com on @deviantART

distaff by traumjanos.deviantart.com on @deviantART

Woman Spinning, Geertruydt Roghman c1650. Dutch. Appears to be a treadle wheel. Spinning flax.

Spinning – History & Gallery

Woman Spinning, Geertruydt Roghman c1650. Dutch. Appears to be a treadle wheel. Spinning flax.

the spinners above are drafting the fibers with one hand and turning the crank with the other.

Textile Tools: Medieval Images of Spinning Wheels

the spinners above are drafting the fibers with one hand and turning the crank with the other.

Woman spinning on a great wheel turned by a crank. MS 17, Musee Dobree, Nantes France 1500s

Woman spinning on a great wheel turned by a crank. MS 17, Musee Dobree, Nantes France 1500s

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