Learn how to make fibre & yarn from local nettles
(No, nettles won't sting after being harvested :D)
Did you know you can make cordage, yarn & cloth from our local nettles? Stinging nettles have been used as a fibre plant for textiles for over 3000 years in the UK, to make everything from heavy sailcloth to fine table linen up until the 18th century. Nettles are of great interest again since they one of most sustainable local fibres you can imagine.
During the workshop we will gather local nettles & learn about their history. Nettles won't sting after being harvested. You will learn how to extract nettle fibre, and learn a simple way to spin it so it can be used for weaving, knitting or crochet.
Brigitte has rediscovered this forgotten practice through experimentation and research as part of her MA in sustainable textiles and now shares her experience in this hands-on workshop.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
In the morning you will learn how to identify and gather the nettles which are most suitable for fibre extraction. During processing we will share stories and learn about nettles tales and history.
We will then move on to learning how to extract the nettle fibre, and turn it initially into string.
After lunch we will extract the fibre in a way which makes it spinnable. We will also explore a few basic and easy ways to spin nettle fibre too.
Marindin Hall in Frensham, Surrye is an idyllic setting for this ancient craft; its also fully accessible via a ramp and offers free parking.
An up-to-date Covid-19 policy is in place, both by the venue and the course leader.
6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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I can wholeheartedly recommend BeeKayMakes workshop. It was a well organised and extremely satisfying day, with the right amount of intervention to ensure that everyone was able to succeed and produce some nettle fibre.
This masterclass is an ode to heritage, that stands behind us in cloth. One will not only learn an ancient sustainable craft, achievable even for complete beginners, which is already amazing for just six hours of your life. Brigitte's natural teaching ability and passion are also a testament to practice based on meticulous research and scholastic knowledge, which she shares generously.
Excellent workshop which leads you gently through the process of making a workable fibre from the common nettle. Brigitte has a fabulous knowledge of fibres and has created the day in a very logical way. Patiently leading you from picking your own nettles through the various processing stages so you leave with samples from each stage. Brigitte is so inspirational with her passion. She also brings a collection of items and fibres both made by her or obtained during her research. All of which left me wanting to learn more
A really wonderful course, not only great fun but also full of information. Brigitte is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. Who would have thought you can make cloth from nettles! :-)