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January 7, used to be known as Distaff Day, or in England St. Distaff's Day (there was no St. Distaff though - the name was, for them, a joke). The distaff was a tool used in the spinning of flax or wool fibers; these are first wrapped around the distaff to keep them untangled before heading for the spinning wheel. The term distaff eventually came to be used in reference to the female side of a family "the distaff side".

von Seven Trees Farm

St. Distaff’s Day means work and play

A Romanian woman spinning yarn with a distaff.

Les logements n'avaient pas souvent de salles de bain. / Bath time by the fire.

Saint Gertrude, 7th century Frankish religious. She is painted using a spindle and freestanding distaff.


KNITTING SHEEP & ALPACA:  In their antique & vintage handmade lace shawls, collar, and socks.  Ladies of a certain age gazing thru bifocals ...

January 7: St. Distaff's Day. A medieval European celebration of transitioning back to normal work routines, primarily focusing on spinning. "Partly work and partly play/ You must on St. Distaff's Day." (Links to a thorough history of this holiday, which has been revived by modern crafters.)


medieval image of carding, spinning, and weaving, 1403, Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy


Navajo spinning using a long, bottom-whorl spindle, which is supported on the ground, and spun by running the shaft along the thigh.