Upcoming dates for workshops:

Friday, 23rd April - booked / Monday, 26th April - booked / Monday, 10th May - booked / Monday, 24th May - booked

Friday, 4th June - spaces / Friday, 18th June - booked / Friday, 25th June - spaces

Friday, 23rd July - spaces

Friday, 6th August - spaces / Friday, 20th August - spaces

Friday, 17th Sept - spaces / Friday, 24th Sept - spaces

Friday, 1st Oct - spaces / Friday, 8th Oct - spaces

 

Socially distanced and PPE will be in place.

Please download our Workshop Brochure for lots of information.

We can supply our Seed to Cloth and Starter kits on our supplies page too to get you started.

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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

Please bring your own lunch.

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 and/or masks.


Depart  3.30pm

Current workshop numbers will be limited and times are approximate.

 

 

 

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