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Medieval Distaff and Spindle Spinning with Siobhan Harlakenden


Time: Saturday, October 1st 1p.m.-4p.m.


Location: Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA


Workshop Description: Spin with an in-hand spindle technique and distaff as they did in Medieval Europe before the spinning wheel was invented. The distaff is a tool that holds a day's worth of fiber and can be tucked in a belt allowing you to spin while walking, or held between the knees to spin while sitting. You will learn how to dress your distaff, draft with one hand, and spin the spindle without the drop.


Experience Level: No experience necessary, although some spinning experience would be helpful


Students Should Bring: A well fitting belt


Instructor will supply: Spindle, distaff, wool, ribbon, and handout


Materials Fee: $45 included in workshop price


Workshop Pricing: This year’s workshop pricing is a flat rate for half-day or full-day workshops, with up to two low-income spaces per class*.

*To get the low-income student pricing of 25% off workshop cost (not including materials fee), use the code "307L" in the shopping cart. Please note: We will not disclose which students received low-inome pricing and all students will be treated equally by Lambtown Festival and our instructors.


Covid-19 Policy: Covid-19 vaccination is required for in-person workshops, which will be held indoors, and masks may be required depending on the situation at the time. Please upload your proof of vaccination now to save time on the day of your workshop.


Instructor Bio: Siobhan is a fiber enthusiast and history lover who wants to spread the lesser known world of distaff spinning. Spinning has taken over Siobhan’s life and she hopes to share the joy with others and keep a dying art alive.

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