St Catherine of Alexandria was a 4th Century martyr and is considered the patron saint of spinners.
Spinners in many countries would take a holiday from their work on 25 November, St Catherine’s Feast Day. Processions of spinners, often dressed in white, could be seen through parts of Western Europe and the British Isles. For some, however, this was not a day of celebration but of fasting that the maidens may find a husband and those married might improve their state by the death or desertion of their husband , or an improvement in his attitudes.
St Catherine is reported to have been one of Joan of Arc’s
voices. Joan was also a spinner saying at her trial
For spinning and weaving put me up against any woman in Rouen — via Treadles, VIC Guild newsletter, November 2003