School: Cnoc na Biolaraighe

Watergrasshill, Co. Cork
Dll. Mac Carrthaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0382, Page 087

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    axle the wheel spun. The wheel was three feet in heigh with ten spokes about eighteen inches long. The band of the wheel was four inches wide. On the other end of the stool was a second upright about three feet long. On the end of this upright was platted straw well fastened to hold the spindle. The spindle was about a foot long made of very light timber with a sharp curve to hold the thread. The wheel was spun by a long cord made of thread about eleven feet long. The wool was oiled and carded by hand cards made of light timber with one handle of each. On one side of the card was covered with short wire well fastened to comb the wool very fine and form the wool in little rolls about a foot long and that prepared it for spinning.
    My grand mother who is still living and is aged 84 used the spinning wheel. She still has the wheel where she lives in Transtown.
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  2. About 35 years ago the Irish woman made their own thread for knitting. First of all the wool was shorn off the sheep, then it was sent to the mills to be carded, there had been one for that purpose at Templemichael. When the wool was carded it was taken home to be spun. The spinning wheel was of very
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trades and crafts (~4,680)
          1. spinning and weaving (~482)
    Bessie Driscoll
    Ballybrack, Co. Cork
    Denis O Driscoll
    c. 55
    Ballybrack, Co. Cork