Educating America's Craftspeople
  • 2024 Spinning Flax Into Linen $135



    Flax has been around since the beginning of civilization yet most modern hand spinners are clueless as how to approach this precious fiber.

     Susan Conover 

    Prerequisites: Participants need to feel comfortable in making a continuous yarn on a spinning wheel or drop spindle. 

    Max Enrollment: 4 

    Price: $135 (includes all instruction time, materials & use of equipment) Students to supply their own lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure a spot in this course with the balance due two weeks prior to the course beginning. 

    Date OfferedSunday, September 22, 2024 2 spots remaining

    Course Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm 

    Susan's love of flax began in 1982 after reading articles on the subject in The Weaver's Journal, Fall 1982 issue. Mary A. Chase wrote about Flax Processing, and being an avid gardener, Susan instantly searched for flax seeds to grow the following Spring. Susan also discovered that nearby Hungarian neighbors were raising and processing flax annually. There was no turning back ... the rest, as they say, is history.

    The curriculum for this fun and legend filled class will include:

    ·       A 17-minute film on flax processing created by the Conovers

    ·       Exploring line Strick for a finer yarn

    ·       Dressing various configurations of distaves

    ·       Spinning singles 

    ·       Scouring your skeins

    ·       Yarn counts

    Participants should bring their own treadle wheel in good working order; single drive, double drive, flyer lead or bobbin lead are all acceptable. One bobbin is all that is required, preferably of a standard ratio. Please do not bring a wheel with a hooked orifice, jumbo bobbin or WooLee winder. If you have a distaff, bring it to class. A small hand towel would be great to catch water drips. Susan will provide all fibers, water pots, chair/floor distaves and class handouts.

    Please note our cancellation policy: A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure a spot in this class. The balance is due two weeks prior to the course beginning.