I’ve always consider hand spinning to be an important and basic foundation homesteading skill.
That’s because hand spinning is the mother of all weaving, knitting, crochet, lace making and other assorted fiber arts. Without thread and yarn there’s no clothing.
(unless you consider plastic garbage bags, fig leaves and animal skins)
Hand spinning is not a particularly difficult skill to learn and children as young as 5 or 6 can be taught.
Hand spinning only requires two things – some type of fiber and a means of inserting twist into the fiber. A spinning wheel is absolutely not necessary.
In fact in terms of human history and technology, the spinning wheel is a rather late invention.
Most spinning in the past was done by means of a drop spindle.
If you think that hand spinning is something you would like to learn or something you’d like for your children to learn, I would encourage you to purchase a wooden drop spindle and some already carded wool roving – and start watching some YouTube videos to help you get started.
The YouTube stuff is free and the spindle and wool roving will set you back about $30 -$35 or so. And if money is tight you can make a drop spindle for a whole lot less. Below is a short video I made a few years back.
Learn how to spin and the world is your oyster.