Flax is the plant fiber from which linen is created and spinning it is easier than you might think. People have been spinning fax for thousands of years and today we can easily purchase pre-processed flax in stricks which are ready to spin. In this class we will discuss the steps used to process the flax plant, learn how to ready the strick for spinning, and then wet spin the flax into yarn. We will also discuss how to scour and finish your yarn.
Required Skills: Be able to spin yarn and be knowledgeable about how your wheel works. Not recommended for the very beginning spinner
Instructor: Karen Chabinsky
Supplies Student Should Bring to Class:
1. Spinning wheel (with large whorl if possible) in working order and normal accoutrements such as oil, extra band, etc.
2. Bobbins that you can use with water, or plan to wind off the spun fiber after class so your bobbin won’t be affected.
3. Flicker brush if you have one, but instructor will have one available to borrow.
4. Two plastic grocery bags filled them with other bags or some other light-weight material.
5. Paper and pen for taking notes.
6. One small towel AND one medium towel.
7. Two yards of ribbon or cord which will be wrapped around the strick.
8. If your wheel has a distaff, be sure to bring it, but if not just bring an additional medium towel for holding the strick for spinning. If you want to try spinning from a distaff, there are various ways to fabricate one: A stand-alone coat rack with pegs that can be disassembled for easy travel works well. A sample photo is attached. Alternatively, try a dowel or bamboo pole that is tall enough to go about 18 inches above your head when seated. Add a few tacks or pushpins spaced apart at the top end which will provide a place to attach the strick and allow various height options. It will need to be secured to stand vertically by inserting it through a belt at your waist or by using a couple of straps to attach it to your leg. It should have a small base to help balance it or can be tucked into the side of your shoe.
Supplies Provided by Instructor: Water, small bowls, sponges, ½ strick of flax, and printed material.
Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2:00 – 5:00
Sale Price: $68 (includes $13 materials fee) - for registration received no later than August 31.
Regular Price: $78 (includes $13 materials fee) - for registration received Sept. 1 or later.