A picture by Pieter Pietersz, a mid-16th century Dutch painter, shows an old man winding yarn off a spindle and onto a small cross-reel niddy-noddy (where the crosspieces are at right angles to each other). The man is bearded and wears loose-fitting red trousers, a dark, loose-fitting shirt or tunic, and wooden shoes. He is surrounded by a variety of tools including a small knife and a bellows. There are three full spindles resting by the straight-backed wooden chair he sits in.
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