The Spinning Experiment: influences on yarn in spinning with a hand-spindle

Author(s): Katrin Kania

Editor(s): Heather Hopkins

Year: 2013


The hand-spindle was the primary tool for spinning for most of human history. For such a long track record, there is astonishingly little known about the influences of this simple tool on the yarn fabricated with its help. The spinning experiment was designed to isolate four possible influences - weight, moment of inertia, fiber and spinner - to see if any hard connections between these factors and the yarn spun can be found. It is the first experiment of this kind and the first source of statistical data to estimate connections and influences. With this data as the basis of an in-depth analysis, it can be concluded that the spinner making the yarn is the most important factor for spinning with a hand-spindle, while the three other factors have differing but altogether quite small or even no visible influences.

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The Spinning Experiment: influences on yarn in spinning with a hand-spindle. Katrin Kania, Heather Hopkins. In Ancient Textiles, Modern Science. Re-creating Techniques through Experiment. Pp. 11-29. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 2013 ( tDAR id: 424924)

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min long: 5.865; min lat: 47.275 ; max long: 15.034; max lat: 55.057 ;

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

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ExArc Id(s): 14056


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.