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Author: Katla Hase

Katla Hase is a military spouse, stay at home mom and aspiring Heathen Homesteader. Her life is an integration of her spirituality and dreams of a more self-sufficient lifestyle. She hopes to share her experiences in learning useful skills and crafts as her family works towards obtaining their own homestead.
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There is this dark cloud that looms over many mothers that have just given birth. We rarely talk about it, especially in the Heathen community, where women are often pressured to be as strong as a Valkyrie. Every woman is some kind of shieldmaiden and weakness isn’t tolerated. Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away however and many of us are dealing with hardships beyond the normal everyday difficulties of being a parent
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In this third installment of my How-too series on handspinning, I will attempt to describe how to pre-draft and draft various types of prepared fiber. Drafting, in handspinning, is how you prepare your fiber for your drop spindle. Pre-drafting is when you need to thin out your fiber ahead of time before drafting. Don't worry if it sounds like you're going in circles; we're spinning, that's kind of the point!!
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Handspinning with a drop spindle is an art form that was once necessity. All over the globe from the early history of humans to modern times people have employed the use of various types of spindles and eventually spinning wheels in some cases to create threads of different types. These threads would create clothing and other useful textiles. In this beginner series of articles I will be providing a very basic overview on handspinning.
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