Flax to linen

Saturday 16 June 2018

10am – 4pm

The course

Learn the process of how our ancestors changed the flax plant into linen fabric. For millennia this basic but vital plant clothed us and became our second skin; come and be a traditional ‘scutcher’ or ‘breaker’ for the day and change this course fibre into a piece of linen string. Learn how to spin flax, perform a simple weave and care for your linens but most importantly, what to do with your left over ‘tow’!

The tutor

Catherine (Flower) Guilder RGN, BA (Hons) MPhil. Publications include: Hampshire Studies Archeological Journal 2009 ” Religious Observance on board the Mary Rose: Some Observations

Catherine has worked with the Weald & Downland Museum as a historical Interpreter for many years and appeared in historical television programs such as BBC four’s Christina of Codicote, The Mud men, The History of the Home and BBC2 Ready Steady Cook. She also appears in primary schools ‘Cook It’ project in the historic cookbook series. Web site: www.tudortales.com and www.cookit.e2bn.org/historycookbook for more information

Participant information

Please bring warm clothing, as part of the course is in an open barn. Please be aware it will be a dusty area.

Fee and refreshments

£55 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance any special dietary requirements.  The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.