I am excited to announce Flax to Linen: the movie. A small documentary film I got to make with a few members of the local Flax to Linen group.
It's been a rough year and not being able to do public demonstrations hit us pretty hard. When the Victoria Handweavers and Spinners Guild asked us to do a virtual presentation on how linen fabric is made from tiny little flaxseeds, we said "Sure!"
Knowing almost nothing about making a video, we dived in. Had fun. Did a little dance (stay tuned to the end to see the dancing) and devised a COVID-19 safety plan to keep everyone safe.
I'm very happy with how it turned out. I learned a lot about video editing. I learned that I have a lot more to learn and with what I know now, I would have done everything differently. But you got to start somewhere.
If you enjoy the video and would like to see more like this, pop over to our video on YouTube and clicked the thumbs up. Or better yet, leave a comment. I've got some nifty ideas for 2021 and your encouragement helps keeps the momentum going.
A quick series of images to show the process of transforming a cotton boll into a puni ready to spin.
first published on my old blog Trampled by Geese in 2015
Leave a comment if you want me to make a video or more in-depth tutorial on working with cotton.
My favourite yarn to spin and most popular in the shops are something I call Singles Boucle. I learned this technique from the book The Intentional Spinner, and it's one of the most popular yarns to sell at the local shop. It's also one of my favourite yarns to spin as it requires minimal fibre prep and is like combining pying and spinning all in one action.
For this tutorial, I borrowed an e-Spinner Super Jumbo. Lat's face it, I'm not much of an e-Anything, but having a wheel with huge bobbins, massive yarn guides and orifice, and can spin at a quick speed! This e-Spinner Super Jumbo is tailor made for spinning this kind of yarn.
Here's how you spin boucle singles
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