Category: Homesteading and Heathenry
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!!
In my previous article I discussed drop spindles and how to acquire one. This article will discuss different materials you can use in handspinning and some places you can find them.
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.
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.
In our practice the wights are what we work with the most often. This sets us apart from most heathens we meet, who almost exclusively speak of the gods and their personal relationships with them.
Many Heathens aspire to live similarly to their ancestors, working to find ways to incorporate their spiritual views into their everyday lives. It’s a way of living their path instead of only having faith...