Flaxland - Flax Growers & Processors in the UK

 

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Farmers Fishermen & Flax

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Exhibitions | Demonstrations | Education

 

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Understanding Flax

From Seed to Linen

Skills and Crafts involved:
Seed selection planting, pest weed control
Flowering
Harvesting
Rippling (seed removal/crushing/grinding/uses)
Retting - dew and water retting
Braking - crushing stems
Scutching - removing waste from fibres
Hackling
Coarse spinning for twine rope making.
Cord rope making.
Dressing and making a cone distaff for fine spinning.
Spinning fine flax
Other areas discussed include:
Bleaching / Dyeing
Weaving
Beetling cloth
Past present and future of flax growing
History of flax
Many uses of flax seed and fibre
Flax resins and composites
Flax sculpture
Health benefits of flax/linseed oils

JOIN A FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION FOR £45

LEARN SOME

OF THE ELEMENTS

OF WORKING FLAX

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Our sister website:

WWW.SHOPPING-FOR-LINEN.CO.UK

Tea Towels / Bath Towels / Aprons

all made of 100% linen from the Baltic.

Linen Fisherman Smocks now in stock

V neck and Round neck - great for fishermen,

but also great for gardeners and generally keeping warm.

 

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Simon & Ann
flax@flaxland.co.uk
www.flaxland.co.uk
07815 967951

COURSES FOR GROUPS

ADAPTED FOR YOUR GROUP

RE-ENACTMENT

CORPORATE

SPINNING GROUPS

WEAVERS

SCHOOLS

OR JUST FOR FUN

 

SPINKIT

SPINNING KIT £38.40 + P&P SEE SUPPLIES PAGE

 

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Workshops for schools

We would be interested in developing courses for school children -teachers are invited to please contact us to discuss further.

 

Full day intensive courses - see our Courses Page

Our Exhibits and workshops

EXHIBITS AND PRESENTATIONS
COUNTRY SHOWS - MARITIME EVENTS

FLAX PROCESSING WORKSHOPS

PROCESSED AND RAW FLAX FIBRE
DRIED AND FLOWERING FLAX IN SEASON

Introduction to the skills enabling you to grow your own flax for fibre.
Linen cloth making was once a cottage industry. We have recreated hand tools to enable you to learn how this craft can become re-established as a satisfying, gainfully therapeutic, pastime.

 

Flax Plant (Linum Usitatissimum) - Growable, versatile, beautiful, sustainable and useful

Flax stems - provide natural fibre for linen - clothing - cordage - eco composites

Flaxseed (aka Linseed) - high omega 3 dietary/fibre foods, oils, resins, paints and a multitude of household and industrial uses

SIANDBOYS

FLAXLAND FEATURED ON BBC'S WARTIME FARM.

SIMON CAN BE SEEN WITH PETER AND ALEX PLANTING THE FLAX SEED IN APRIL 2012

The peak year of the war effort for flax production was 1944. 62,000 acres were grown in England and Wales, 124,000 acres in Northern Ireland as well as countries of the Commonwealth such as Australia. This all contributed towards the production of 26,500 miles of hosepipe | 20,000 miles of parachute webbing | 54 million square yards of linen aeroplane fabric | 25 million square yards of heavy canvas | 75 million yards of 'blitz' fabric | 35 million yards of canvas | 9 million yards of scrim for packing and camouflage | millions of pounds weight of thread, twine, netting and cordage.
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Grow your own flax! - great for presents too.

Flax plant seeds supplied to gardeners and growers. Ideal for the artisan craft producer of fibres or for those who want to grow the plant for its flowers or dried stems, as a garden plant.
The seeds are the long straw fibre variety of flax, imported from Europe (note the blue fields of linseed grown in this country are bred for seed for oils and are shorter and yield little fibre). Seeds certified for purity and vigour, yielding long straw and fibre.
Typically growing to 1000-1200mm high.

1 Growers guide and seed for 1 square metre   £2.50 (inc. UK delivery).

2 Growers guide and seed for 10 square metres (120grams)  £7.50 (inc. UK delivery).

 

larger areas - please enquire - sorry but we cannot export seed outside the EU.

 

 

 

Farmers Fishermen & Flax - Presentations at Country Shows, Maritime events, promotions, set dressings, talks.

Unique, fascinating and magical

Using our own grown Cotswold grown flax seeds and fibres, a hands on and active demonstration of how this amazing plant is used to create a myriad of products ranging from health foods to boats, fine linen to bikes and sports goods.

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This exhibit has harmonised with our well established display on traditional working boats of the British Isles - please contact for information simon@flaxland.co.uk or view www.courtofthesilverking.co.uk for a list of venues.

 

Please note: All prices relate to UK. For overseas please email: flax@flaxland.co.uk

Online purchases only. Goods, if in stock, will be sent out within two days of payment of order unless otherwise informed - Cotswold Flax tends to take longer though as it is processed against order.

Copyright: S & A Cooper.

updated August 2014- flaxland