I use a handheld distaff when spinning from a supported spindle, drop spindle and spinning wheel. Using a distaff means I do not have to stop as often to prepare sliver to spin from. Having a distaff dressed with about 70 grams of fibre means I keep up the momentum of my spinning which translates to a more consistent yarn. Here are a few photos of the distaff being dressed. You can see a short video of my spinning from the distaff on Instagram @claddaghfibrearts
1. I added a plastic ring to the end of my distaff. This eliminates the need for the ribbon traditionally used to keep the fibre in place.
2. To keep the sliver in place the end of the fibre is thinned out and wrapped around the top of the distaff post.
3. A slight amount of twist is added to sliver before it is wrapped along the length of the distaff.
4. The distaff is now dressed and ready for hours of spinning pleasure.