Category: Homesteading and Heathenry

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Handspinning For Beginners – Pre-Drafting and Drafting Fiber

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 For Beginners – Finding Your Drop Spindle

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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Handspinning and Heathenry

For more than half of my life the art of hand spinning has appealed to me. Spinning wheels especially. The various wheels I would see in art, old photos, and antique shops always seemed like more than a tool to create yarn and thread. One of the things that really brought me to Heathenry were the stories of Frau Holda and a spindle that led a young girl to her domain.