Spinning is the process that turns wool fibers into yarn by twisting them. In Ecuador, hand-spinning is done with a distaff and spindle. The distaff is a short stick that holds the raw wool that will be twisted into yarn. The craftsperson holds the distaff in one hand, drawing the wool fibers out with the other hand. As she draws out the fibers, she fastens them to the spindle — another stick onto which the twisted fibers are wound. She spins and drops the spindle. The spinning motion twists the fiber into yarn, pulls it tight, and winds it around the spindle. The craftsperson continues to draw out the fibers and spin the spindle until all the fibers have been twisted into yarn.