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Flax to Linen (Online Course)

Course Overview

This class explores the history and contemporary uses of flax, the plant fiber from which linen is made. We will work hands-on to learn hand spinning of tow and line flax using tools and materials supplied by the instructor. Topics included: how to source textile flax seed, growing, harvesting, and retting flax fiber, and the steps of traditional flax dressing using brake, scutch and hackle. We will also discuss contemporary and emerging flax-to-linen projects, and their connection to the Fibershed movement.

The class will be conducted via group sessions on Zoom, through individual instruction sessions, class discussions, and a little outside reading. Online group meetings via Zoom video conferencing, with one-on-one instructional time available to students between group meeting dates via phone, email, or video conference. Kits with class materials will be sent out via USPS.

This is an online course

We host these courses using Zoom Video Conferencing. A laptop or tablet is recommended, but a desktop with a webcam and speakers/microphone or a smartphone phone can work.

You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and additional details in your confirmation email.

What about materials?

A package of materials will be mailed to you in advance of the course. If you have not received the package 5 days before the course, please call North House at 888.387.9762

Registration for this class closes on July 6th so that we can mail the materials to you in time.


Sun, Jul 19th, 2020

Course Details

Length: Four sessions, two hours each
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 2-4pm on Zoom July 19th & 26th, August 2nd & 9th
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $245.00
Includes materials fee of $45.00
Tuition Note: Includes shipping of materials

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Computer or other device with webcam and speakers
  • Reliable internet service
  • A face covering for working with the flax straw
  • A branch (specifics wil be covered in class, don't worry about it yet!)
  • All other materials will be mailed to you in advance of the course. The materials fee includes postage.

Optional Tools

  • Spinning wheel—please contact the instructor ahead of time to make sure your wheel is ready to spin flax. 
  • In the unlikely event you have access to some specialty tools like a flax break, scutching board, or hackles, you would be welcome to use them

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.