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Upcoming dates for workshops:

 

2nd April - flax processing at Flaxland in Stroud Glos

15,16 or 17th April - flax processing in Stroud Glos

24th or 25th July - flax processing in Stroud Glos

14th or 15th August - flax processing in Stroud Glos

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Date
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Flaxland Workshops - come to Stroud, renowned as a textile town years ago. Based in the Cotswolds, we are easily accessed from all parts of the country and there is a great rail service out of Paddington to Stroud where one can either walk along the towpath by the canal or take a quick taxi to flaxland. We can often arrange to run workshops a little later in the day (particularly if a group are coming by rail) to make use of the more favourable train ticket prices after 9.00am!

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 - in the textile town of Stroud, 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 using our flax processing tools, there will usually be one or two flax fabric canoes and fishing props around too.

Hands on activity using flax grown on the farm.

Rippling
Deseeding dried and stocked flax, threshing and winnowing of grains to obtain seed (to be used/discussed later). Modern seed harvesting.

Retting
Information on dew and water retted flax plants and the benefits and disadvantages of each.

Breaking

Using both hand and roller break to start removing the woody parts from deseeded and retted flax plants.

Scutching

Beating fibres with a wooden paddle to remove remaining woody part shives.

Hackling

Feeding the cleaned fibres through a series of finer combs ready for spinning into yarn.

Lunch

We supply a light lunch.
Discussion on omegas, balance of fats in diets and innovative ways of using flax/linseed.

 

Afternoon

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.


Depart  3.30pm

We are happy to run workshops with a minimum of 2 people, however, we do reserve the right to offer other dates if numbers are not reached.

 

 

 

 

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