spindle whorl

Flywheel of a spindle. Yarn is spun by rotating the spindle and pulling out the fibres with ones fingers. Spindle whorls are usually made of terracotta. The spindle was replaced by the spinning wheel in the 16th Century.

modern spindle    spindle whorl
Figures: Spinning with a modern spindle (from: Yvonne Deutch, Weben und Spinnen); ceramic spindle whorl

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