How to use a Belt Distaff

Cynthia asked on the facebook group Evangelical Church of Distaff Spinning how to use a distaff in a belt. I was heading to AROW, a relaxed re-enactors’ only weekend held by the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology ahead of the main Living history season and their Abbey Medieval Festival, so I thought it would be easier to do a quick video. Because there is no public here it meant I could set up my camera to take the video.

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2 responses

  1. A helpful video indeed.
    But I have a question, which I hope you can answer due to your better aquaintance with the matter: do you know, if cage distaffs are supposed to be wrong for medieval times ? I read somewhere (I can’t find that page) that cage distaffs are supposed to be later than medieval, but I never found any types of distaffs described for medieval times. And I wonder, if the really aren’t period, given that making a cage distaff out of a branch with its top twigs is pretty simple (I made mine of privet branches).
    Sorry, if this is in the wrong place, but I don’t know, where to put questions.
    Thanks,
    Nathalie

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