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Saturday 7th August 2021, 10:00am

Historic Distaff Spinning Workshop

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

10am - 4pm

For much of European history, wool as well as flax was spun using a distaff. This highly efficient technique was nearly lost to the mists of time, but has recently been reconstructed by a small group of historical craft enthusiasts, using archaeological, art history and ethnographic evidence.

This one-day workshop will introduce you to the historic European method of spinning wool with a distaff and spindle. You will be taught several ways to dress a distaff and the two principal ways of spinning from it (in-hand and short-suspension). You will also be shown how to efficiently use reproduction historic European spindles. It is recommended that you are perhaps already able to spin in order to get maximum benefit from this workshop. 

The day costs £69 per person including all materials, tuition and lunch. Please let us know any dietary requirements when you book. Book online via the Barn website below.


Venue information

Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Church Lane, Winterbourne, BS36 1SE

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