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

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

Navajo Wool Spinning  (1955)The spindle consists of a round stick, pointed at both ends, about twenty-five to thirty inches long.

The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center

Navajo Wool Spinning spindle consists of a round stick, pointed at both ends, about twenty-five to thirty inches long.

New Mexico Navajo Weavers                                                                                                                                                      More

Native American groups have inhabited the territory of New Mexico for thousands of years, many centuries before Europeans reached the Americas. Reminders of their ancient presence are throughout our state.

''Wirriji'' or hairstring, spun from human hair

"Wirriji" or hairspring, spun from human hair, il still used in ceremonies among Western Desert people

Traditional Weaver Prepares Rough Wool, Tibet Shear the sheep. Prepare the wool.  Twist into thread. Weave into beautiful rugs to warm the floors of Buddhist monasteries. Repeat for thousands of years.

Traditional Weaver Prepares Rough Wool, Tibet Shear the sheep. Twist into thread. Weave into beautiful rugs to warm the floors of Buddhist monasteries. Repeat for thousands of years.

Rena Effendi went looking for a fairy-tale village in Transylvania. She found it among the haystacks of Maramures.

A Fairy Tale in Transylvania

Mothers and grandmothers like Maria Pop, from Cornești, spinning raw wool at home, devote hundreds of hours a year to making traditional embroidered clothes for their families. Photograph by Rena Effendi, National Geographic

Why does this look like a picture of little vampire girls spinning and looking creepy?

Appears to be two young girls spinning flax --using drop spindle and distaff.

Romania Spindler & giant distaff.  Don't know if I could balance all that.

Optimistic Romanians

I have many thousands of images on my computer of all things fiberish, and from time to time as I'm browsing through them something will emerge as a common theme, feature, or phenomenon. I present to you one such: Romanian.

Queen Victoria at the Spinning Wheel 1875. The Queen encouraged all women to learn handcrafts to help support their families, which lead to a resurgence in lace-making, local knitting styles, and embroidery as well as spinning.

Queen Victoria at the Spinning Wheel The Queen encouraged all women to learn handcrafts to help support their families, which lead to a resurgence in lace-making, local knitting styles, and embroidery as well as spinning.

peoriarhetoriapeoria: “artssake: “ Carding Wool ” Otomi women with barrel cactus in Mexico carding dyed wool into roving. ”

Using cacti to card wool. Dried thistle heads are also useful for carding. peoriarhetoriapeoria: “artssake: “Carding Wool: Otomi women with barrel cactus in Mexico carding dyed wool"

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beautiful Navajo weaving loom More

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