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Saturday, 8th February 2020

Distaff spinning

11:00     Members of the De Caversham Household – spinning with a distaff

The De Caversham Household is a living history group based in Cardiff. For over fifteen years, we have researched various aspects of 14th Century life, including clothing and textile crafts.

Spinning with a distaff is rarely seen nowadays and many people, even spinners, consider the distaff to be a tool for flax only. However, evidence from pre-Industrial Europe demonstrates that the distaff was used for all types of spinning, including for wool, for many centuries. Members of The De Caversham Household will discuss their research and demonstrate the traditional European distaff spinning methods that they have helped to reconstruct.

14:00     Costume and Textile Society of Wales members’ show and tell.

A chance for members to show what they have being making or collecting.  There will be some ferocious knits and maybe some gentler crafts.

Saturday, 25th April 2020

Our meeting is the same date as Wonderwool Wales, we apologise for the clash as many members including some of the committee enjoy going to the show.  Luckily it is open on Sunday 26th as well as the Saturday and hope to see you at Costume and Textile Society of Wales on the Saturday.

11:30     AGM

14:00     Kate Evans talking about her experience on “1900’s Island” Television series Plus Edwina William-Jones in discussion about the costumes/clothes worn by the Islanders


All meetings are now held in the Auditorium in the Main Building at St Fagans: National History Museum, unless otherwise advertised. The new lecture theatre is accessed through the main Museum entrance and up the stairs on the right.

Start times usually 10.30am for Coffee. Speakers at 11.00am and 2.00pm unless stated otherwise.

There is a £5.00 car parking charge at St Fagans.

Non-members are welcome, £6 for the day.

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