Spinning Flax Hemp and Bamboo
Special note: Tom will not be offering this year due to lack of supply. No fret, we will be offering a similar course with Joan Ruane, AZ in the fall spinning cotton and hemp fibers!
Flax and hemp have been used in textiles for thousands of years, but bamboo is a newcomer to the fabric world. Each one of these cellulose fibers has its own unique characteristics. In this class we will show you how to dress a distaff with flax and also how to simply spin it from your lap without the use of any other equipment. We will spin flax dry and also wet and you will learn how to make an unusual flax dressing to spin with. Next, you will try your hand at spinning hemp. Hemp, like flax, has been used for years to create coarser fabrics and cordage. Bamboo spins easily and gives luster to your woven or knitted projects. It also gives drape like rayon and can be spun by itself or blended with other fibers for an appealing look to your thread. Come join us for a fun day exploring flax, hemp and bamboo. All materials include with class fee.