Join Brigitte on her time travels through textile history. Learn how to make fibre from local stinging nettles. An ancient fibre plant, nettles have been used for over 3000 years up until the 18th century for everything from heavy sailcloth to fine table linen. Plus, it is one of the most sustainable local fibre sources..
What you’ll do
Learn about the history and tales of nettle as fibre plant, and how to make fibre from local stinging nettles.
What to bring
Aprons or flat woven kitchen towels, masks.
What you’ll get
Tools and Nettle straw will be provided. You will walk away with your own hand processed nettle lock and a detailed hand-out.
Brigitte of BeeKayMakes is a sustainable hand weaver and textile educator who is passionate about sustainable and ethical textiles. She has an MA in Sustainable Textiles at UCA Farnham (University of Creative Arts). She also gives demonstrations and workshops at heritage museums which preserve traditional crafts.