Nettle Fibre Workshop
From Sting to Spin
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 Kaltenbacher has an MA in Sustainable Textiles at UCA Farnham (University of Creative Arts). She holds numerous workshops, talks and demonstations throughout Surrey and West Sussex.
Workshops will always run no matter the weather, so please dress appropriately. Wear suitable outdoor clothing that you don’t mind getting muddy/dusty. Flat suitable footwear (solid sole, no open toed shoes please) for the nettle collection walk. Please wear long sleeves for the nettle collection, or choose long gloves.
What to bring
- secateurs, or sturdy pruning / garden scissors
- well fitting gloves (Marigolds are fine)
- an apron or heavy weight kitchen towel, and
- a blunt kitchen / butter knife, if possible
- pen and paper for notes.
Fee & Refreshments
£75 per person, this includes tuition, tea and coffee. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. You can bring your own packed lunch or the café will be open at lunchtime.Book course