Wednesday, August 03, 2011

flax article

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About a year ago, Anne (otherwise known as bunnyspinner on Ravelry and Twitter) contacted me about writing an article on bast fibers for Ennea Collective e-Magazine. Anne is co editor of Ennea Collective, a terrific online resource for handspinning, knitting and weaving patterns and articles. Anyway, I happily agreed to write an article for the magazine...(spinning flax is my favorite thing to do, talk and write about!).

It hardly seems like a year has passed, and the article is now live --in the summer 2011 New Issue!

Meanwhile, ..with early August and late summer arriving, there is the feeling that the summer months are beginning to slip away. The nights are cooler, and without the sounds of fans and air conditioning, there are the insect songs. The crickets and the frogs chorus tell me to enjoy what is left of the summer. It is only a matter of weeks before it will be time to think of first frosts, they warn! With September comes the Endless Mountains Fiber Festival..and I have to get down to business if I'm going to have any offerings ready for the table...(I've been making some small flax wicking pots and diz and thread hooks, as well as the buttons that I always have for sale.) When I think about it, maybe the frogs and the crickets are telling me to get busy ;-)

12 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

How I would love to be able to turn off the AC. I can't even imagine frost yet. We are still dealing with record highs. ugh...

"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get"
~~Mark Twain

thecrazysheeplady said...

Yeesh - we can't even turn off the AC at night yet...and I'm pretty hard core about sleeping with the windows open.

Can't wait to read your article!

Valerie said...

Wonderful!! I can't wait to have a moment to sit down and digest the article.

The AC is still on here as well...as much for the oppressive humidity as the heat. If it were not for AC, I would need to become a cellar dweller...hot humid air aggravates the asthma.

Love the flax/linen photo. Tell us about the fabric that it all rests on, please?

Anne said...

Thank you SO much for writing the article for us! Your photos, as always, really iced the cake. :)

Mette said...

I read your article and found it very interesting and well written.

Caroline said...

Very nice article! I set aside the flax and distaff for awhile, I'm just not making anything that looks like yarn. Maybe my flax is not well hackled as it clumps and lumps like crazy when I try to spread it out.

Donna B said...

I spun the extra fine water retted and it made me eager to try some line flax soon... I enjoyed your article and may refer to it later!

fiberjoy said...

Great article and accompanying pictures! Thanks for the detailed explanation of spreading/rolling the flax onto a distaff. Makes me want to spin flax again.
Echoing Valerie, what's the story behind the fabric in the photo?

elizabeth said...

Oh how I wish it were a matter of weeks for us! Let's see, it'll probably be mid to late October before we have any frost. Ah well.

Congrats on the article - off to read it now!

Judy said...

Went shopping today and the stores are full of school supplies and fall decorations which didn't make the kids happy. Reading "only a matter of weeks before it will be time to think of first frosts" didn't make me happy! Off to read the article

Eve said...

Love your posts on flax- spent last Sat spinning flax at the Home Textile Tool Museum, not good in the rain and hi humidity, it kept clumping up, ergh!

Cathy said...

Lovely lovely article about flax - that should win some converts! And maybe someone who raises flax in US?

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