Super-Flax-Expialidocious –Learning to Spin Wet Line Flax
Description: Spinning Flax has been done for thousands of years and today we can easily purchase pre-processed Flax in stricks, ready to spin. Spinning Flax is actually pretty easy. In this class will talk about what the process is to ready the Flax plant for spinning, have you working with the strick to ready it for the spinning process, and then wet spinning Line Flax into the yarn form. If you have a distaff you will be able to use that for spinning (Note: If you do not have a distaff on your wheel you can also use a pole inserted into a belt around your waist/leg or use a coat rack – see Supplies Student Should Bring to Class). If you do not have a distaff you have the option of using a towel to spin from. We will also discuss how to finish your spun Flax via scouring and the process involved.
Required Skills: Be able to spin yarn and be knowledgeable about how your wheel works.
Instructor: Karen Chabinsky
Supplies Student Should Bring to Class:
- Spinning wheel in working order and normal accoutrements such as oil, extra band, etc.
- Large whorl to have more tension (pull), so you can go slower as you learn the process. You should end up about an 11:1 ratio as you get more comfortable with this spinning.
- Small towel for your lap – keeps the bowl with water from slipping and the remaining boon from going everywhere.
- Medium size towel if you are not going to use a distaff.
- Distaff – There are a couple of options:
- Regular distaff attached to your wheel.
- Use a pole and a belt to go around your waist or a leg – make sure that it will stay in place. If you attach it to your leg, you may need a couple of ties around your leg to keep it in place, possibly inserting the end in the side of your shoe. To purchase a pole for a belt, you can pick up dowels or bamboo poles from one of the home improvement stores. Make sure the pole/dowel is long enough to go about a foot and a half above your head. You will need to be able to hang the strick near the top and it should stay in place – an option would be to put in a couple of tacks or push pins that stick out so you can hang the strick on it and it will stay at that level. Using a couple coming down from the top will also allow you to adjust it to a level that will work for you (which you won’t know until we start spinning.)
- This is my favorite option - I think the easiest is to use a stand-a-lone coat rack with pegs. I use one that disassembles completely. Searching some of the large on-line retailers I have found these coat trees for less than $25.00. I like this better than the other options as you can lower the strick as you use up the fiber in the spinning and it stands by itself and is easy to move around to get the best position to spin from.
- If you don’t want to use an actual distaff, you can also just use a medium sized towel to wrap the strick in on your lap.
- Ribbon to wrap around the strick to hold it to the distaff. Should be 1 ½ to 2 yards long.
- Two (2) plastic bags you get from the grocery store – You can fill them with other bags or some sort of lite material (weight-wise) or you can make a fabric bag about the same size and stuff it. It will need to be able to be tied to the distaff.
- Note taking materials if needed.
- Flicker brush (if you don’t have one I will have a couple available).
- Bobbins that you can use with water. Worst case you can wind off the spun fiber after class so your bobbin won’t be affected or encase the inside of your bobbin with saran wrap or other type of waterproofing.
Supplies Provided by Instructor: Stricks, water, small bowls, sponges, and printed material.
Day/Time: Sunday, Oct 20, 9:00 - 12:00
Sale Price: $75 (includes $20 materials fee) - for registration received no later than August 31.
Regular Price: $85 (includes $20 materials fee) - for registration received Sept 1 or later.