Yes. You found an ancient spinner!

This is a drawing of a Native American woman making cotton thread by hand. Cotton thread was used to make cloth for clothes and bedding. At one time, mothers taught daughters how to use cotton and other materials such as wool and flax to make cloth.

Steps in making cotton cloth:

1. Growing / harvesting cotton.

2. Carding - Separating the cotton fibers from the seeds and hull.

3. Spinning - Twisting cotton fibers into thread.

4. Weaving or knitting thread into cloth.

5. Cutting / sewing cloth into clothing or bedding.

Making cloth required a lot of work and time! Until machines were invented to make cloth, it was very expensive. People owned only a few articles of clothing. Old cloth or clothing was saved and recycled.

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