Educational film showing processes involved in spinning yarn.
British Instructional Films presentation.
Spinning processes. Using hands. - wool is pulled from a tuft straight from the sheep. It tends to break so some preparation is needed. Firstly it is "opened out". Wool is opened out by two women. A West African woman pulls seeds from raw cotton. This is a process known as "jinning" (sp?). Raw cotton is picked up by a stick. Knocking the stick continuously separates the fibres. The wool is then carded. This separates the fibres even further, they lie roughly in the same direction and there is a fairly even texture. It is made into a roll called a "rolag" (sp?). Lots of rolags are displayed. A hand spindle is illustrated. C/U of woman's hands as she operates the spindle. Yugoslavian peasant spins wool slightly differently, carded wool is fastened to a distaff. C/U of hand movement. Cotton being spun by a West African woman, the spindle is supported by a bowl. Spinning wheel is illustrated. Treadle wheel frees both hands for spinning. A foot operates the treadle. C/U of the spindle. Bobbin and its driving band are outlined on a still image. The flyer is then outlined. A modern mill. We see spindles, flyers and bobbins.
Produced with the Co-operation of the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education. Commentary by Bob Danvers-Walker.
Note: some shots shared with "Fibres to Fabric."