Madder Root Dye

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. Unbleached … Continue reading “Madder Root Dye”

Sparto Weavers Spanish Broom

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. There … Continue reading “Sparto Weavers Spanish Broom”

Flax Processing

The process of turning flax into linen yarn

Flax Scrutching

A description of how flax is processed into yarn

Flax and Linen

Tow flax, linen, ramie weaving yarns for warp and weft and spinning bast fibres and blends.

Ramie

Ramie, Jute & Other Unusual Spinning Fibres & Yarns –

Nettle Yarn

Did you know stinging nettles can be handspun into yarn.

Spin Flora – Bamboo Top and Staple

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.