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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

48 comments so far

AG
September 15, 2018

Woodlands TV, where have you been all my life? So happy I came across your channel! Just the sounds of the forest alone made me happy 🙂

A
September 15, 2018

Woodlands TV, where have you been all my life? So happy I came across your channel! Just the sounds of the forest alone made me happy 🙂

A Glori
September 15, 2018

Woodlands TV, where have you been all my life? So happy I came across your channel! Just the sounds of the forest alone made me happy 🙂

A G
September 15, 2018

Woodlands TV, where have you been all my life? So happy I came across your channel! Just the sounds of the forest alone made me happy 🙂

LOWE sonia
October 5, 2018

Just before this i watched a Belgian Flax to finest linen Factories Immense many different procedures before finished product natural dye best quality bedlinen . Very interesting . Alan 's hands must be sore?reminds me during the War holding skeins of wool for my Mother when once in balls, would knit every evening . No television. Radio probably .I Was in bed. Unless the sirens sounded then to the shelters.. How different life was . Even with war . Better than today . World has too many people.

Latheman's crazy machines
October 19, 2018

Awesome!

buzz kirschner
November 28, 2018

very informative, thanks for posting

Moose Knuckle
February 14, 2019

You had me with the thumbnail hahaha. You and your folk seem like great people.
Cheers from Nova Scotia!!

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