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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

52 comments so far

Claudine
May 11, 2019

Love it! Thank you for making the video!

sumi singh
June 24, 2019

I think you might be able to get the nettle fibers a bit finer by boiling them on wood ash (i.e. In lye) and scraping them (in addition to retting of course); this is how ive seen a lot of bast fibers extracted in Japan

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