September 2017 – Spinning Linen: Lyn Bennett

At the AGWSD 2017 Summer School, Lyn attended a course entitled “Flora not Fauna”; this was a chance to learn a little more about plant fibres, and have a chance to spin and experiment with them. Lyn spoke about the course and encouraged members to consider going to the Summer School in future years. She had brought along many examples of plant fibre spinning, plus examples of the various stages of preparation in the spinning of linen.

Members had a chance to try spinning linen, definitely not as easy as might be imagined. There were many questions, particularly about the linen, and Lyn showed us her beautiful Turkish drop spindle, an amazing and beautiful gadget, which neatly stores the spun thread in ball form ready for plying.

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