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Saturday, 8th February 2020

Distaff spinning

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.


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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