I've been looking at images of handspinners in Medieval Europe and the ancient Near East, and I cannot figure out how they manage to spin the spindle down and to the side. I suspect the distaffs stuck in their waistbands have something to do with it.
I wonder if a distaff would help me draw a larger amount of fibre at a time. My short draw is extremely short. A different hand movement could turn out to be more comfortable over long or frequent handspinning sessions.