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.

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.

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…

Distaff Day is January 7th, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff's Day, since it was not really a ho...

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

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

St Distaff Day - Spinning on the Green at Westbury

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

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

97 Likes, 6 Comments - Erica (@thewolfandtheblacksmithswife) on Instagram: “Wait! now it's Saint Distaff's Day! Can you believe I thought it was the seventh, five days ago?…”

97 Likes, 6 Comments - Erica (@thewolfandtheblacksmithswife) on Instagram: “Wait! now it's Saint Distaff's Day! Can you believe I thought it was the seventh, five days ago?…”

Poor women making baskets in the workhouse - Victorian. Inmates would be given menial tasks as part of the Victorian ideal of salvation through work #victorianpoor #yearsgoneby #socialhistory

Workhouse records go online and reveal British roots of millions worldwide (including Britney Spears)

Women in Work House picking oakum. The Work Houses signified the end of the line. It was either prostitution or the Work House, sometimes both. How sad, for we don't know what brought them to this point.

St. Distaff Day - In times past, January 7th, the first free day after the twelve of Christmas was known as St. Distaff's Day

Distaff Day - In times past, January the first free day after the twelve of Christmas was known as St.

St. Distaff's Day, on the Morrow After Twelfth Day.   From: 1851  Christmas With The Poets.  via suzilove.com and Google Books (PD150)

St. Distaff's Day, on the Morrow After Twelfth Day. From: 1851 Christmas With The Poets. via suzilove.com and Google Books (PD150)

HomeMaking Beyond Maintenance: Distaff Day

HomeMaking Beyond Maintenance: Distaff Day

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

Distaff day was the traditional day that spinners w.

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