Yarn Winder and Spinning Wheel Bottles

Full Pictures and Close-ups: X-Top Niddy Noddy

Height Bottle Markings
7" round, single seam, no markings
Description, including signature and date
This niddy-noddy is strung with a single round of linen thread. Bottles like this are more often nineteenth century than twentieth. The ends of the winder form an X; some niddy-noddies have opposing T's at the ends of the shaft. Niddy-noddies were used to wind and measure yarn; once around the winder would be a known length of yarn. A rhyme was ofen said or sung with the winding and counting, usually including a refrain like "Niddy Noddy, Niddy Noddy, Two heads and one body."