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Saturday, Month XX

10am- 5pm

Location, MD

Workshop description:

Explore nettle fibers as we hand process stalks of wood nettle (Laportea canadensis) & stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), two of the world's most ancient garment plants. Learn about propagation & tending of nettles, harvesting nettle stalks, & dew retting stalks of both species. Then we'll spend the day processing the retted stalks into fine fiber for string and rope, drop spinning and weaving, thread making, and more.

Prepare to sink into methodical handiwork for most of the day. Participants are invited to focus on the projects of their choice according to their interest, which could be one or all of the methods taught throughout the day. Drop spindles will be available for spinning the fibers, and cotton cloth and other materials will be available to practice making and sewing with nettle thread (just like you would a spool of commercial thread). Students can also focus on hand-twining fibers, for string, candle-wicks, braiding, or strap-weaving. 

Note- this class will not include processing fresh green nettle stalks.

What to bring:

This workshop includes a group potluck lunch. Because we will be working throughout the whole day, everyone is invited to settle in, snack & drink tea & coffee all day. Please bring something to contribute to the lunch. Finger foods are particularly great! Like: bread, cheese, butter, sliced meats, boiled or deviled eggs, fruit, crackers, etc. Hot dishes & cold dishes are also great, like: salad, rice dishes, soup or stew, bean salads, casseroles, deserts, or anything you want to bring.

Please also bring an individual eating bowl or plate, cup, & utensil.

Register for the class:

To register for this workshop email

Registration is $55 per person, and can be made by PayPal, check, or cash. Payment must be made ahead of the class to confirm your spot. 

Space for this workshop is limited to 8 participants.


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