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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: [email protected]
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

35 comments so far

veronica levy
March 28, 2018

What is the name of this event/institution that processes these materials? Thank you

spinning debbie
April 7, 2018

Handy tips, and may I say, you are a good advert for the lifestyle

tammy blabla
April 14, 2018

I bet you could make tools that would do the job well!
I'd love to try!

Woman of Substance
April 19, 2018

Very interesting.

Dee Aden
June 19, 2018

I don’t quite know how I got here, but I’m glad I did. This was fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

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