Flaxland - Creative
Flaxland - Plant Processing day course
Courses for 1 to 12 people - held in the Cotswolds (please ask about other venues).
This is a unique opportunity to discover how the flax plant is grown and used to make a vast range of goods from the seeds and stem. Set in the Cotswolds - 10 miles from Cirencester/5 miles from Tetbury, the course is great for those who are keen on hands-on activity or those who want to come along and watch.
An example of a typical day:
Please note that for groups the day will follow a slightly different format
Refreshments, introduction and clarification of the names used.
10 until lunch
The different processes will be worked through in our open workshop where we house our flax processing tools, both the traditional and contemporary flax clad curachs and coracles which we build as well as our collection of artisanal fishing boats and baskets.
Hands on activity using flax grown on the farm.
Deseeding dried and stocked flax, threshing and winnowing of grains to obtain seed (to be used/discussed later). Modern seed harvesting.
Information on dew and water retted flax plants and the benefits and disadvantages of each.
Using both hand and roller break to start removing the woody parts from deseeded and retted flax plants.
Beating fibres with a wooden paddle to remove remaining woody part shives.
Feeding the cleaned fibres through a series of finer combs ready for spinning into yarn.
Sandwiches or soup or similar provided.
Discussion on omegas, balance of fats in diets and innovative ways of using flax/linseed.
Continuation of morning’s activities for those who wish to take home more fibres.
The uses of flaxseed in nutrition and industrial.
The use of fibres in textiles and composites. Spinning and weaving fibres, (introduction only to spinning flax, dressing distaff etc, learning to spin flax takes some time).
Example collection of goods made from flax.
Future of flax growing in UK.
We recommend bringing gardening type clothing and warm clothes in winter as some of the activities are in an open shed. There is a low level of dust involved in converting flax into line and we supply masks and goggles which are recommended during the outdoor sessions some may also wish to wear their own work gloves.
updated April 2017- flaxland
Copyright: S & A Cooper.