Join Sandy Fisher of Chico Flax to learn about growing and processing flax to make linen. Sandy will first show images of this year's crop—growing, harvesting, retting in the field and in the tanks, and drying on the lines before processing.
Sandy will then do a hands-on demo of all three steps of flax processing: 1. The manual Brake and how/why the tool is used with the flax bundle. 2. The Scutching board and paddle and how/why it is used. 3. The three combs called Hackles that separates the short tow from the long lin, and an explanation of tow and long lin.
Participants will be invited to submit questions. Webinar ends at 12:15 pm.
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This webinar is part of a series that will be streaming live via Zoom from the Fibershed Learning Center, a multi-use space to demonstrate and provide hands-on connections to natural fiber and dye systems. The Learning Center will open later this year in Point Reyes Station, California, on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Coast Miwok and within the historic Black Mountain Ranch property.
Proceeds from each event support the class instructor and contribute to Fibershed for educational programming. A portion of the proceeds from this event will also be shared with a local and mission-aligned non-profit organization selected by the instructor — California Indian Basketweavers’ Association. Currently scheduled online events are listed on our Learning Center page at fibershed.org/programs/education/learningcenter/
A video of the webinar will be made available to webinar registrants within approximately one week of the event.