Triple Reel

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The Triple Reel
The Triple Reel
It was a good day's work for a quick, active spinner to spin six skeins of yarn a day. It was estimated

that to do that with her quick backward and forward steps she walked over twenty miles. The yarn might be wound directly upon the wooden spindle as it was spun, or at the end of the spindle might be placed a spool or broach which twisted with the revolving spindle, and held the new-spun yarn. This broach was usually simply a stiff roll of paper, a corn-cob, or a roll of corn-husk.

When the ball of yarn was as large as the broach would hold, the spinner placed wooden pegs in certain holes in the spokes of her spinning-wheel and tied the end of the yarn to one peg. and tied the end of the yarn to one peg. Then she took off the belt of her wheel and whirred the big wheel swiftly round, thus winding the yarn on the pegs into hanks or clews two yards in circumference, which were afterwards tied with a loop of yarn into knots of forty threads; while seven of these knots made a skein. The Clock Reel was used for winding yarn, also a triple reel. From Source:Earle, 1898:199-201