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.)

In all of these images, the spinners are using drop spindles and distaffs.

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".

Today, 7 January, 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 Romanian woman spinning yarn with a distaff.                                                                                                                                                                                 More

St. Distaff’s Day means work and play

Now THIS is spinning, all you idiots riding immovable bikes indoors to stupid stupid music.

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

"Partly work and partly play You must on St. Distaff’s Day: From the plough soon free your team; Then come home and fother them; If the maids a-spinning go, Burn the flax and fire the tow.

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

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

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

Distaff Day is January the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, since it was not really a holiday at all. In many European cultural traditions, w…

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

St Distaff Day - Spinning on the Green at Westbury

Distracted spinner with a loaded distaff

Jan. 7 — St. Distaff’s Day

Distracted spinner with a loaded distaff

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