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Working with Flax and Nettles ~ by WoodlandsTV

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Here at Bentley Woodfair we see expert Allan Brown talking us through the various processes involved in preparing flax and nettles ready for hand spinning - from growing, cutting, drying and storing through to working the plant to reduce it to its most useful natural fibres. Allan uses traditional equipment, adopting specific techniques to best work the flax. We appreciate how, in times past, this would have had enormous production value - as flax and nettles were used to make all sorts of crucial items, from sails and bed sheets to clothes and cordage - and this skill still has its value today. For more info, please email: thewoollyumbrella@gmail.com
http://www.bentley.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Posted in: Traditional Skills ~ On: 20 June, 2017

7 comments so far

ⓟⓛⓐⓢⓜⓐ ᕈᒪᗩᔕᙢᗩ John Doe
June 20, 2017

blissful blessings 2 all beings!

Justin Holifield
June 20, 2017

brilliant film good to see old skills being kept alive.

Gareth Lloyd-Hughes
June 21, 2017

will be calling them stringing nettles from now on . lovely vid.

June 21, 2017

Fascinating stuff! Also very well presented and explained by Allan.
Makes you wonder how well we would cope if thrown in to a world without electricity and metal tools!!

Gan Ainm
June 22, 2017

Cool video.

Heidi Anne Morris
June 26, 2017

Really enjoyed that, Allan is fascinating to listen to. Thank you.

Laura Ogilvie
August 15, 2017

Has he realeased any books on the subject – I really enjoyed the video and want to have a go.
I would like to see if they can be used for basket making also?

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