Thursday, January 20, 2011

Distaff Day 2011

Last Saturday was Distaff Day for the Front Range Fiber Artisans and it was a lot of fun.

We all gathered together with our spinning wheels and hand work (see the quilter in the middle below). We had members do demonstrations of all sorts of things pertaining to spinning and weaving. We also had vendors there to entice us with fiber and tools.

Distaff Day is also known as Roc Day and is technically on January 7th. However, there is also a Distaff Day in another nearby town and many of our members were going to be attending that one. So instead of conflicting we chose to celebrate a week later.

Historically Distaff Day was the day that women resumed their household work after the Twelve days of Christmas.

However, since womens' work has changed, we now call this fun. It was definitely a break from work for me.

We all enjoyed each others' company immensely and I got to learn how to use pickers and drum carders.

And I got a lot of spinning done. It's milk fiber and I'll be plying it with a dark indigo blue mohair. I had the bobbin completely full by the end of the day.

St. Distaff's Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day

Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaffs Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff' all the right:
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.'

~Robert Herrick

1 comment:

  1. we don't have a celebration like this....yet!! I'm thinking it would be a good excuse to get our spinning group together :-0 Thanks for sharing the photos.