Join our animator Geraldine as she discusses and performs the ancient Irish craft of wool spinning on a traditional spindle.
Wool Spinning is the processing of the fleece of a sheep. This craft has been practiced in Ireland since sheep were first introduced by Neolithic farmers over 6000 years ago. Originally, women spun the wool using nothing more elaborate than a spindle with a weight attached. Later, spinning wheels became more widespread and these simple devices enabled the spinner to twist the fibres into a single continuous thread more efficiently.