In our first class, we start with the base line of fiber (pun intended!) by learning about the carding and preparing of wool fiber for spinning. The practice of spinning fibers into yarn or some type of filament for use in making textiles has an immense and broad history, with varying traditions having developed around the world over the millenia! We are just scratching the surface.
examples of various wools and their staple lengths. source: Wikipedia Commons
Ancient Roman carved bone spindle whorls, 1-2 cent. A.D. source: http://www.ancientresource.com/lots/roman/spindle-whorls.html