I’ve just fallen down a rabbit hole. The SPINNING rabbit hole. It’s a crazy, wonderful obsession, made even crazier and more wonderful by all the flavorful terminology that spinners use.
Say these words with me. Say them out loud. And try not to crack a grin when you do.
Not to mention the odd names for parts of the spinning wheel. Words like “treadle” and “tension knob” seem pretty normal and descriptive. But…maidens? Mother of all? Footman? Are we in the court of the Queen of Hearts?
For goodness sake, it’s as if we spinners hired Lewis Carroll to name our crafting tools.
Now there’s an idea…
Lewis Carroll was famous for coining fabulous new words and portmanteau words. Here are a few of his words, selected at random. If these were crafting terms, what would they refer to? Are they tools? What do those tools look like?
I’ll go first:
Bandersnatch – A colloquial term for the fast “take up” action of bobbin-lead system. Pressure on the treadle gets the drive band going so quickly that the bobbin literally snatches the fiber out of your hand.
Ok, now it’s your turn.
Post your definitions or descriptions in the comments. Or feel free to come up with your own terms.
- Puzzles by the perfectly sensical Lewis Carroll (timescolumns.typepad.com)