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Americans had bought as well as made their own cloth even in the 1600s. Sales of thread and material grew in the early 1800s as factory-made cloth became more affordable and available to more people. At the same time, many women continued to spin and weave at least some of their own fabric. Even in families that bought most of their cloth, many women still spun wool yarn for knitting. Niddy-noddys like these measured yarn for length and kept it from tangling. One hand held the center part while the other hand wrapped the yarn around the two cross pieces. Its design inspired the rhyme, "Niddy-noddy, niddy-noddy, two heads and one body."

 

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Niddy-Noddy

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1800
process/materials   wood
item type   Tools/Textile working Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1914.07.27


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