Category Archives: Flax and Linen

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

Linen towels: aa022002

I love linen. Towels woven with linen yarns last forever and just get better.
Here are a few photos of some fabulous linen towels that were recently sent to me by Maureen.
linen towel

Linen Sauna Towel
Woven by an elderly Swedish woman.

Grace’s Towel – Linen Sampler

Woven by Grace Tonseth, a 14 year-old girl living and being homeschooled on a farm in eastern Washington. She also raises sheep, sheers them, cards, spins and weaves the wool and sews her own clothes!

More about Linen

Flax and Linen
Linen Yarns
Handwoven Towel Patterns

Linen Weaving Books

Linen from flax seed to woven cloth
Learn about flax cultivation, processing and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth.
UK: Linen from flax seed..

How to weave linens
UK: How to Weave Linens

Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving
Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns.
UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past

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ramie

Biosteel Yarn

Peat Moss
Peatmoss can be blended with wool to create unusual and beautiful yarns and textiles.

Curds and Whey
Handspinning milk protein fiber

Ramie: Old Fiber – New Image
Ramie is strong and silky in appearance, with better absorbency than linen. This Ohio State University site gives a good overview of ramie and its history.

Handspinning Books: Exotic Yarns

The Intentional Spinner
Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips, this inspiring collection of spinning wisdom deftly explores the three fundamental areas of yarn production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner’s needs.
UK: Intentional Spinner

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame.
UK: Whole Craft of Spinning

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Doukhobor weaving: aa062198

>Living in the Kootenays in British Columbia, I am fortunate to have experienced some of the rich heritage that the Doukhobor community provides. The Doukhobors are a pacifist Christian sect originating in Russia in the 17th century. In 1899 about 7400 Doukhobors immigrated to Canada, settling in parts of Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and later moving to the Kootenay region of British Columbia.
They lived off the land, many still cultivating their farms and growing their own vegetables and fruits.

The Duokhobors grew flax and hemp, spinning the fiber and weaving their own cloth. Wonderful weaving treasures, old spinning wheels and looms can still be found in antique shops and the occasional garage sale.

There are several museums and cultural centres throughout the province, that have displays of Doukhobor handwork and craftsmanship.

skein winder

Kirilovka Doukhobor Village site The Doukhobor Collection is a great source of information, digital archives and images of the Doukhobor in Canada.

Be sure to visit the Doukhobor Village if you are in Castlegar. In the Grand Forks settlement as in other communities, they operated on a moneyless system, producing their own goods and trading as needed. A tannery, blacksmith shop, jam factory, sawmill and weaving all enabled them to be self sufficient.

Mabel Verigin Doukhobor Master Weaver

Traditional Doukhobor Weaving

Canadian Doukohobor Society

Tarasoff Collection – BC Archives
The Canadian Museum of Civilization
had an exhibit featuring the life of the Douhkobors called “The Spirit Wrestlers”.

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Weaving in Ireland: aa012998

This week I thought I would take a brief tour through Ireland to see what I could find in the weaving world.

Mary O’Rourke has been working with with Irish women in an educational project called The Shanty. In it she teaches traditional handspinning, weaving and felting. They have developed high quality hand crafted products, successfully marketing them as “Weaving Dreams”. Weaving Dreams now employs nine people and continues to expand with its environmentally friendly unique items.

John McAtasney, The Master Irish Weaver, has over 50 years experience as a professional weaver. He specializes in handwoven blankets, damask linen and crioses.

Thinking of Ireland brings to mind of course, Irish linen. Fergusons Irish Linen gives a tour of their mill. It is situated on the River Bann and is worth a visit, if not in person, at least in cyberspace.

If you have a linen damask tablecloth or clothing made of linen, an excellent guide to caring for your linen is provided by the House of Linen.

Want to know more about Irish linen? The Irish Linen Guild is a promotional group dedicated to education and marketing activities for the linen industry.

Resources for the Creative Traveller has additional info on places to visit in Ireland and the U.K.

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About flax and linen.
Stamps of Ireland
Linen Weaving
Linen Towels

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Leno Lace: aa101097

This is a continuation of the previous article on weaving leno lace.

Using the same technique described previously, instead of picking up the next 2 threads, 4 threads are picked up instead, creating a larger version of the leno twist.

leno lace

Starting from the right, depress the right pedal and weave in about 1/2 inch. Change pedals (left) and weave back to the edge. Change pedals (right) and again weave in about 1/2 inch. This strengthens the edge, and sets the length of the lace.

Change pedals (left). Using your forefinger, pick up the next 4 raised threads (dark green).
Holding the 4 threads that you picked up in the previous step to the right, reach underneath them, and pick up the other 4 threads (light blue) pulling them slightly to the left. Holding onto the light blue threads, allow the first 4 (dark green) threads to drop.

Pass the shuttle through the twist that has formed (between the light blue threads that are on top and the dark green threads that are now underneath). Draw the yarn through and repeat the above steps to the last 1/2 inch of the warp.

When you have woven to the left edge, again weave a tabby shot twice to finish the edge.
Drop the shed and beat several times to place the weft evenly across.

Pressing the left pedal, throw the shuttle from the left. Again at the right edge, weave 2 shots of tabby for the first 1/2 inch.

This type of pick-up weave makes an attractive border. The double twist can also be used occasionally throughout a plain tabby weave fabric, adding an interesting effect to the fabric. In this case, omit the extra tabby shots at the edges of the fabric.

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Hemp, Huck and Leno Lace

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Weaving Pattern: Leno Lace Pickup : aa100797

Leno lace weaving is a type of pick-up weave that is popular in Finland. I remember as a child, seeing table runners and other linens and wondering how the threads were twisted to make the numerous designs. It seems like a complicated and time-consuming technique, but with a little practice, leno can actually be woven quite quickly.

Although leno lace is traditionally woven in linen, using solid colours, for this sampler, I have used cotton threaded alternately in light blue and dark green threads so that the images would be easier to see. The threading is 1,2,3,4 twill, and the pedals are tied 1,3 and 2,4 tabby. I generally tie the pedals such that when I press the left pedal (1,3), I throw the shuttle from the left. When I press the right pedal (2,4), I throw the shuttle from the right.

Weaving the Edge


Starting from the right, depress the right pedal and weave in about 1/2 inch. Change pedals (left) and weave back to the edge. Change pedals (right) and again weave in about 1/2 inch. This strengthens the edge, and sets the length of the lace.

Change pedals (left). Using your forefinger, pick up the next 2 raised threads (dark green).

Holding the 2 threads that you picked up in the previous step to the right, reach underneath them, and pick up the other 2 threads (light blue) pulling them slightly to the left. Holding onto the light blue threads, allow the first 2 (dark green) threads to drop.


Pass the shuttle through the twist that has formed (between the light blue threads that are on top and the dark green threads that are now underneath). Draw the yarn through and repeat the above steps to the last 1/2 inch of the warp.

Hint


Once you have mastered the above steps, a faster way to weave this lace is to pick up the threads in sections. Pick up 2 threads (dark green) as before, pick up and twist the 2 threads underneath (light blue) allowing the top threads (dark green) to drop, and place the twisted set onto the shuttle.

Don’t draw the shuttle completely through, but pick up another set of twisted threads, placing them onto the shuttle. Repeat this until the shuttle is full and then draw the thread through.

When you woven to the left edge, again weave a tabby shot twice to finish the edge.


Drop the shed and beat several times to place the weft evenly across.


Pressing the left pedal, throw the shuttle from the left. Again at the right edge, weave 2 shots of tabby for the first 1/2 inch.


Then depressing the right pedal, throw the shuttle from the right. The pairs of threads will again twist, forming the other half of the leno twist. Finish off the left edge with 2 tabby shots.

A row of this leno twist lace makes a nice edging for table linens and other fabrics.

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Double Twist Leno

Leno Lace on a Tri Loom

Hemp, Huck and Leno Lace

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Weaving Project – Linen Table Runners: aa082797

I like to use linen in my weaving. I like its crispness and precision. It can be a challenging fiber to work with. It is not forgiving as wool is. All your mistakes show up. However, a well woven project is something to be proud of.

For this project, I used a 2 ply bleached tow linen. I found it a bit tricky to work with as the loose bits of tow were sticky while I was winding the warp onto the loom. Once wound on, it behaved quite well. I kept a spray bottle of water handy, giving the warp a few sprays as I advanced the warp.

This project made 8 table runners, each 28 inches long with a 4 inch allowance between each runner for fringe.

linen draft

Warp:

2 ply bleached tow linen (4400 ypp)
Length: 8 yards
Sett:: 24 e.p.i.
Width in Reed: 15 inches
No. Ends: 360

woven linen

Weft:

The weaving draft is a braided twill. The threading produces diagonal lines that weave in and out on each other.

By using the same yarn in the weft, the interlacing effect was very subtle. A darker tow linen gave a more noticeable braided appearance.

Linen Yarns

Weaving Pattern books

Linen from flax seed to woven cloth
Learn about flax cultivation, processing and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth.
UK: Linen from flax seed..

How to weave linens
UK: How to Weave Linens

Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving
Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns.
UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past

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Flax and Linen: flaxlinen

Borgs Weaving Yarn
Borgs Vavgarner in Sweden has a varied selection of weaving yarns, including tow and line linen yarns from 4/1 to 60/2 weights.

C. L. Blomqvist
Beautiful cottolins and tow and wet-spun linen yarns directly from Sweden.

Camilla Valley Farm
Camilla Valley Farm, located north of Toronto, Ont, has Belgian and Irish linen and cotton blends.

Eurolinens West
Flax is an extraordinary fibre, simple, exclusive, comfortable and environmentally safe. This page explains the processing of flax from growing, harvesting, and spinning to the care of your finished garment.

Flax Craft
Virginia Handy, Log Cabin Crafts has written a new book that covers the growing and processing of the plant for linen and the use of the fiber in spinning, weaving, and related crafts.

Mangling
Kerstin Froberg demonstrates how linens are mangled in Sweden.

R and M Yarns
R & M Yarns has a wide selection of mill-end wool, cotton, rayon and linen and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

Rauma Lace
An excellent and detailed historical article about linen lace-making in Rauma, Finland.

Robin and Russ
Robin and Russ is always a great source for weaving yarns including linen. Their site is being worked on, but a catalog of their products can be ordered.

Yarn Barn
The Yarn Barn has lots of wool, rug yarns, cottons and linens in addition to their weaving equipment.

Weaving Books: Handwoven Lace and Linen

Linen from flax seed to woven cloth
Learn about flax cultivation, processing and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth.
UK: Linen from flax seed..

How to weave linens
UK: How to Weave Linens

Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving
Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns.
UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past

Handwoven Laces
Hand weavers can use a loom to quickly produce lovely lacy fabrics.

A Joy Forever: Latvian Weaving
Historic Latvian household textiles along with contemporary projects.

Huck Lace
All about Huck lace weave structure.

Lace and Lacey Weaves
86 Lace & Lacey Weave projects.
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