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from Dalry parish, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Yarn winder.
© National Museums Scotland

Yarn winder

Spun yarn was wound onto a yarn winder to form hanks which were then unwound onto bobbins or reels for weaving, or made into balls of wool for knitting. This wooden yarn winder is from Dalry parish in Kirkcudbrightshire.

Yarn-winder, from Dalry parish, Kirkcudbright

Until the middle of the nineteenth century by far the greatest part of Scotland's population was occupied in either textile manufacture or in agriculture. Spinning and weaving were, for most people, the two most important tasks outside food production.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-962-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.RD 13
Date: 18th or 19th century
Dimensions: 1200 mm H x 395 mm W x 395 mm depth
What: Reel / winder, yarn
Subject: Spinning - yarn winders (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Dalry
  • Gauldie, Enid. Scotland's Past in Action, Spinning and Weaving. Edinburgh: NMS, 1995, p.18. 
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