Educating America's Craftspeople
  • Spinning Flax & Hemp

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    Instructor: Susan Conover    

    Dates: August 15 & 16, 2020 from 9am-4:30pm

    Pre-Requisites: Basic Spinning or equivalent

    Two fibers that have been around since the beginning of civilization - flax and hep - still seem to be a mystery for most modern hand spinners. Because there are so many different ways to purchase the prepared fibers today (roving, top, stricks, line stricks, etc.), may spinners are stumped. If you are comfortable spinning on a treadle wheel and able to create a continuous yarn please join us for this two-day workshop with Susan Conover.

    Susan's love of flax and hemp 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 next 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 the following:

    • A 20-minute video on flax processing created by the Conovers
    • Hackling line stricks for a finer yarn
    • Dressing a distaff (both floor & wheel mounted plus chair distaffs)
    • Spinning singles
    • Scouring your linen and hemp yarns
    • Yarn counts
    Participants should bring their own treadle wheel in good working order; single drive, flyer lead or bobbin leads are acceptable. One bobbin is required, preferably of a standard size ratio. Please do not bring a wheel with a hooked orifice, jumbo bobbin or WooLee Winder. If you have a distaff by all means bring it. A small hand towel would be great to catch water drips.

    Susan will provide all fibers, water pots and chair/floor distaffs plus class handouts.

    Please note our cancellation policy: Thirty days or more prior to the start date, your deposit/fee is 50% refundable. If you cancel less than thirty days from the course beginning, the deposit/fee is non-refundable. To cancel email sales@conoverworkshops.comwrite or telephone and leave a message on our answering machine. If for any reason we cancel a course, your entire payment will be refunded promptly.