Woman carrying a distaff under her arm while feeding chickens. Luttrell Psalter, British Library, London 1300s England
From the Bible: Exodus 35:25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought ...... All the women who were skilled in sewing and spinning prepared blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen cloth...
Unknown artist MS. Fr 599, f. 40 French, 1400s Woman spinning flax using a drop spindle and distaff.
From the Bible: Proverbs 31:19 In her hand she holds the distaff...Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. ... She extends her hands to the spinning staff, and her hands hold the spindle...
Woman spinning on a great or walking wheel. Luttrell Psalter, British Library, London 1300s
Weaving, spinning, and combing perhaps flax. MS Fr. 598, f. 70v, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris 1400s France
Unwinding thread from the drop spindle & making a skein. MS Fr. 599, f. 48, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris 1400s