January 7, used to be known as Distaff Day, or in England St. Distaff's Day (there was no St. Distaff though - the name was, for them, a joke). The distaff was a tool used in the spinning of flax or wool fibers; these are first wrapped around the distaff to keep them untangled before heading for the spinning wheel. The term distaff eventually came to be used in reference to the female side of a family "the distaff side".

January 7, used to be known as Distaff Day, or in England St. Distaff's Day (there was no St. Distaff though - the name was, for them, a joke). The distaff was a tool used in the spinning of flax or wool fibers; these are first wrapped around the distaff to keep them untangled before heading for the spinning wheel. The term distaff eventually came to be used in reference to the female side of a family "the distaff side".

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A Romanian woman spinning yarn with a distaff.

A Romanian woman spinning yarn with a distaff.

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January 7: St. Distaff's Day. A medieval European celebration of transitioning back to normal work routines, primarily focusing on spinning. "Partly work and partly play/ You must on St. Distaff's Day." (Links to a thorough history of this holiday, which has been revived by modern crafters.)

January 7: St. Distaff's Day. A medieval European celebration of transitioning back to normal work routines, primarily focusing on spinning. "Partly work and partly play/ You must on St. Distaff's Day." (Links to a thorough history of this holiday, which has been revived by modern crafters.)

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St. Distaff's Day;  Europe;  January 7;  The day when housewives resume normal work after the celebration (and heavy work) of the Christmas season.  A tongue-in-cheek medieval fabrication that became widely observed, a least in England.

St. Distaff's Day; Europe; January 7; The day when housewives resume normal work after the celebration (and heavy work) of the Christmas season. A tongue-in-cheek medieval fabrication that became widely observed, a least in England.

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Distaff Day is traditionally celebrated on January 7th. Sometimes it is known as St. Distaff’s Day. It is the day after Epiphany – January 6th. This day signals the official end to the 12 days of Christmas.In the picture - Flax Dressed Very Loosely on a Distaff

Distaff Day is traditionally celebrated on January 7th. Sometimes it is known as St. Distaff’s Day. It is the day after Epiphany – January 6th. This day signals the official end to the 12 days of Christmas.In the picture - Flax Dressed Very Loosely on a Distaff

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Celebrate spinning this Rock Day ||| Spinning Daily

Celebrate spinning this Rock Day ||| Spinning Daily

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St Distaff Day 2014 » Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania                                                                                                                                                                                 More

St Distaff Day 2014 » Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania More

If you've read this month's Tudor Life magazine then you will know that today is St Distaff's Day. Never heard of it? Well, neither had I until I read Steve Roud's The English Year, a wonderful book on all the feast days and traditions celebrated throughout the English calendar year.                                                                                                                                                                                 More

If you've read this month's Tudor Life magazine then you will know that today is St Distaff's Day. Never heard of it? Well, neither had I until I read Steve Roud's The English Year, a wonderful book on all the feast days and traditions celebrated throughout the English calendar year. More

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Saint Distaff Day  Dizzy Sheep, 4 oz Targhee top / 14.95

Saint Distaff Day Dizzy Sheep, 4 oz Targhee top / 14.95

As the Whorl Spins: St. Distaff's Day                                                                                                                                                                                 More

As the Whorl Spins: St. Distaff's Day More

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