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I think she’s using the spindle and distaff because she can move while doing the spinning. The spinning wheel can't be moved as easily as the spindle and distaff. But I must admit I go more with what I see than spinning experience (I don't have any). She may also be more confortable using the spindle and distaff. My mother have a spinning wheel as decoration in her house. As a child, I remember getting around it. The bench that is part of the spinning wheel wasn't too much confortable for long period of time.

The colored earlier work seems to denote a certain exertise in giving colors to the yarn. From what I know, coloring yarn is pretty demanding physically. And it take knowledge and experience to obtain the desired color. It is not as today where we can easily find the color we want.
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