WORKSHOPS: Thurs., Oct. 19 - Sun., Oct. 22, 2023



Workshop Info

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Time:10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor:Kathy Sparks
Flax: From the Garden to Finished Fiber

Flax is one of the traditional crops grown for fiber. This workshop will cover all aspects of flax growing, harvesting, preparation for spinning as well as yarn production and finishing. Students will experience hands on all stages of fiber prep, from breaking to scutching to hackling and spinning, picking up helpful tips and learning the necessary skills to successfully produce a linen thread. Student should be able to spin a consistent thread and understand how to adjust their wheels, whether the wheel is manual or electric.


PrerequisiteStudents should be up to date on tetanus vaccines due to the use of very sharp flax hackles.  Students should know how to spin a consistent yarn and be able to adjust their wheels whether electric or manual.

Skill Level Required:  Intermediate

Homework:  None

Questions about the workshop?  Email

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This workshop is held in a heated tent.  Your hands will be in and out of water throughout the session.


Materials Info

A material fee of $40 (cash or check) will be collected by the instructor.  It includes all materials including flax to process and spinning fibers and the use of traditional tools for each step of the process. Handouts are also included.

Students must bring: Leather or thick cotton gloves (flax hackles are sharp!), mask (flax is dusty), spinning wheel, lap cloth, hand cards, small spray bottle or water bowl.



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Workshop Fee $125.00


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Other Workshops Available By Kathy Sparks
Workshop Name Category Date Time Fee  
Cotton and Linen and Natural Dyes - Oh My! - SOLD OUT Dyeing 10/19/2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 125.00 MORE INFO
Flax: From the Garden to Finished Fiber Spinning 10/21/2023 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 125.00 MORE INFO
It Isn't Easy Being Green - SOLD OUT Dyeing 10/20/2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 125.00 MORE INFO

Next Fest: October 21-22, 2023