Flax to Linen Intensive
This course is an intensive introduction to the ancient textile fiber: flax; and the cloth made from flax: linen. Students will explore all aspects of this traditional material, from seed selection, planting and cultivation, through harvesting, retting, hand processing, spinning, and weaving. We discuss flax’s place in traditional hand textile production, and examine its potential as a sustainable, local textile crop suitable for our northern climate. At the end of class, students will have their own handspun and handwoven linen to take home, along with textile flax seed, fiber, and a list of resources to continue their exploration. Some experience with spinning and weaving is helpful, but not a requirement.
You will need the following tools for this class:
All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.
- Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
- Bring your own spinning wheel or hand spindles if you wish.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.