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Sparto Weavers Spanish Broom

Hand spun Sparto closeup

Sparto (Sparta) Spartium junceum also called Spanish Broom or Weavers Broom is an almost forgotten textile plant that is native to Mediterranean countries. Spanish Broom was introduced to North America and other countries where it has spread in many areas and has become a menace. However, Sparto was once a very useful textile plant. […]

Madder Root Dye On Linen

Madder Root Dye Recipe for Linen, Cotton and Cellulose Fibres

All cellulose fibres, yarns and fabrics must be scoured prior to mordanting or dyeing. Please see my previous article on how to do this. How to Scour Linen

For these samples, I used several different linen and cotton fabrics as well as wool yarn.

Spinning Hemp and Flax on a Distaff

Hemp on Distaff

Both flax and hemp are usually sold in roving form or tow, where the flax has been heavily processed into short 2-4 inch lengths. The flax or hemp roving has often been bleached or dyed. This type of flax and hemp are quite easy to spin as a roving, using a short draw. A […]

Spin Flora not Fauna - Bamboo

Handspun Bamboo dyed with Ivy Sample

Bamboo fibre for handspinning is now available in 2 forms – one is a smoothly combed viscose top and the other is a rougher staple fibre. These require different methods of spinning.

Bamboo Viscose Top

Bamboo Viscose top is produced from Bamboo pulp (like other viscose pulp fibres). The bamboo is crushed and made […]

Clipart - Flax Retting

Craft clipart – flax retting, flax drying […]

Spinning Stinging Nettles

Did you know stinging nettles can be handspun into yarn. […]

In Love with Linen

Examples of fine linen weaving […]

Peatmoss Yarn and Textiles

Fabric made from peat moss, peat moss yarn. […]

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