Sunday October 6th, 10am – 4pm
Marindin Hall, Frensham GU10 3DG
Nettle Workshop – Learn to make yarn from local nettles (No, it does not sting!)
Stinging nettles have been used as a fibre plant for textiles for over 3000 year in the UK, to make everything from heavy sailcloth to fine table linen up until the 18th century. “In Scotland, I have eaten nettles,” said the 18th century poet Thomas Campbell, “I have slept in nettle sheets, and I have dined off a nettle tablecloth “.
Nettle is one of the most sustainable fibre sources you can imagine. Through experimentation and research as part of her MA in sustainable textiles, Brigitte Kaltenbacher has rediscovered the processes to unlock the potential of this everyday plant, and now shares her experience in this hands-on workshop.
No previous textile skills necessary. Cost £60 per person.