How to Use a Distaff While Sitting

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A common sight in medieval manuscripts is ladies standing while spinning, like this lady spinning wool amongst the sheep.

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Also common, is the lady taking a break to spin, like this lady spinning wool amongst the sheep.

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Which sometimes raises the question “How do I use a distaff while sitting?”

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Well, there are many answers and the right answer is what works for you.

This lady has a beautiful standing distaff.

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Sometimes the lady clasps the distaff between her knees

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I would love a standing distiff, but I don’t have one yet.  People have asked how I sit with my distaff and as it’s hard to explain I decided to do a video.

This is simply how I sit with my distaff, what works for you may be different. Please feel free…

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Author: yarnandpencil

I'm a Christian on the autistic spectrum blogging about life and my art/craft practice.

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