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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

27 comments so far

Lajwanti Shahani
January 21, 2018

Very interesting. Good to see these old skills of working fibers with hand are still continued and hopefully passed down to the next generation.

Lizzie Dean Makes
January 21, 2018

I have a drop spindle and have been wanting to make nettle fibre yarn for a few years now but might try growing some flax/linseed and try linen too – great video! Xx

January 27, 2018

If you're willing to spend money, why not just order the proper seed from a legitimate vendor?

January 27, 2018

Nick Doe maybe for the ultra rich, but they would have likely been using cotton. There were just far too many waste products which could be used as mattress stuffing than squander perfectly usable fiber. Straw, down, animal hairs as a by product of tanning. Most of the poor would have been using a weaved bed roll of rushes or pelts through out the majority of history.

Bill Wiltfong
February 1, 2018

There are lots of videos here that explain that. But, basically you harvest it at the right time and wear gloves. Once you boil or dry the plant, it no longer stings. Boiled nettle leaves are super nutritious food.

Christopher Opstad
February 6, 2018

Very fascinating! I think I have nettles growing in my back yard and now I want to try to harvest them!

marti adams
February 7, 2018


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