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2015 Aug 16 - Our demo at Fibrations Victoria turned out great. What a crowd there was. Lots of people wanting to try it out and more young people this year I think breaking, scutching and hackling. Thank goodness for Liz bringing us the tent as it was a hot day and Nancy Bissonnette getting some pictures. I printed out lots of pamphlets and they were all gone before the end of the day. I think that's a good sign that people are interested. Of course, we were at Fibrations where everyone is interested in fibre which explains it.  New photos on Flicker.
We in Victoria have had a very mild winter but there is still the dampness in the air that the flax likes to suck up, making it hard to process. It doesn't break nicely if it's not crispy.  With the least bit of dampness it will flatten rather than break.

 We are getting a few days of sun in a row now so I've been out a couple of times to the garage to process a few bundles.  I have no long line to spin so need to process. I've been spinning tow - which we have a lot of.  I ply a ball of spun tow to a ball of spun long line fibre to make the thread I use to crochet face cloths.

It's almost time to go out to the barn and bring in some more flax bundles. We have them in my garage in town so we'll have some ready for the demonstrations we'll be doing this spring and summer.
We will be demonstrating how to turn flax into linen at Dickens Craft Fair  

http://jamesbaymarket.com/dickens-fair/
this coming Saturday  Dec 6, 2014.

We will not be doing the heavy processing of breaking, scutching, & hackling as this is an inside event with not much room for the mess we can make.  We will however, be showing off our demonstration table which has pictures, samples, and a number of different items for show and tell.  There will be the opportunity to learn how to spin, using an easily home made, drop spindle.
Hope to see some of you there.
We are going to get a new drum carder for working the flax tow into a spinable fibre.  Will probably have a few folks who want to try it out, but maybe not so many will want to prepare the mess of tow so it can be carded.  Picking tow.  A mindless thing to do while watching TV, listening to music or outside sitting in the sun where the dust and boon (bits of straw) won't get all over the house.

Will let you know when we get the carder (a few days) and will take some pictures to show.
OK folks - Tomorrow (Sept 13, 2014) is our Saturday demo at SHAS (Saanich Historical Artifact Society) aka Heritage Acres. They have a web site.
This might be our last demo of the year & I'm going to it. Haven't been to any since June 28 (when I broke myself),  Some of the flax folk have been sending me processed flax fibre for spinning from the demos they have done. I thank them so much for that, as I would have gone bonkers if I couldn't have anything that I was able to do for the last couple of months. Was easy to spin with my leg up on the couch and other foot working the spinning wheel.
I won't be able to process but I can cheer them on. They really do need help if anyone can come and put in a bit of time just to spell them off for a break.  Processing flax straw to a spinable fibre is good exercise and you can take what you process home to spin if you want to make linen. Hope to see you there Barb
The flax to linen folks will be at James Bay Market (Victoria, BC) next Saturday the 28th of June from 9 to 3pm. The market is on the grassy area on the corner of Menzies and Superior between the back of the Parliament buildings and the James Bay Tea Room. The flax folk are on the west side near the parking lot.

Come and watch how linen is made or try your hand at processing the flax into a spinable fibre that can be made into linen thread by using a drop spindle we have for your use.
Hope to see you there