Flax to linen

Sunday 21 May 2017



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 Guilder has degrees’ in History and Heritage with further studies in Theology. She writes, teaches and researches a wide range of historical topics including Religious Observance during the Reformation and Tudor women’s social history. She has worked with the Weald & Downland Museum as a historical Interpreter for many years and actively participates in historic cooking demonstrations for the public at many local venues and She has also appeared in historical television programs such as BBC four’s Christina of Codicote and The History of the Home and BBC2 Ready Steady Cook. She has also participated in educational pod casts for primary schools, in the much acclaimed ‘Cook It’ project.

Participant information

Please bring warm clothing, as part of the course is in an open barn.


£55 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.