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

Dee Aden

June 19, 2018

Wow…”streaming flaxen waxen”! Such an interesting video. Thank you.

bonnie musselman

July 21, 2018

Bravo, Alan!

bonnie musselman

July 21, 2018

Had to laugh about the animals wanting to lie on it – I'm always chasing my cat out of the flax patch and then trying to fluff up the areas he's flattened.


August 16, 2018

Interesting stuff! Amazing how these important skills get lost over time! Thank you for sharing this!
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Wondering Green Man

September 3, 2018

Well done. Nice to see this hasn't been lost.

Elaine Snyder

September 14, 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 🙂


September 15, 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.

LOWE sonia

October 5, 2018


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October 19, 2018

very informative, thanks for posting

buzz kirschner

November 28, 2018