We have turned unused land in the town into a field of flax and woad. From the flax we’ll spin and weave linen, and from the woad we’ll make natural indigo dye. We will use this to make denim and some great sustainable clothing as well as making new habitats for wildlife and improving our outdoor spaces. We’re looking for volunteers to help us with the whole process from sowing the seeds during the spring to harvesting our flax and woad in the autumn. We will then be using ancient methods of preparing and extracting the linen and the indigo and learning how to spin, weave and dye the cloth which will be made into the the first pair of Homegrown/Homespun jeans in designer and manufacturer Patrick Grant’s Community Clothing collection, for display in the town centre during the British Textile Biennial this Autumn (1-31 October 2021). .
If you’d like to get involved we’ll be running volunteer sessions every Friday from 10 – 12 between now and September as well as a number of workshop’s in natural dying, hand spinning and weaving (full list below). The regular Friday sessions are open to all and you can join the Homegrown, Homespun Whatsapp group here to keep in touch with times and dates. All workshops are free but numbers are limited so booking is required via email.
Friday 16th July – Weeding / clearing 10 – 12 (drop in)
Friday July 23rd – Weeding / clearing 10 – 12 (drop in)
Friday July 30th – Weeding / clearing 10 – 12 (drop in)
Friday 6th Aug – Pulling flax 10 – 12 (drop in)
Friday 13th Aug – Retting flax 10 – 12 (drop in)
Friday 20th Aug – Retting flax 10 – 12 (drop in)
Friday 27th August Retting flax 10 – 12 (drop in)
Friday 3rd September – Retting flax 10 – 12 (drop in)
The Homegrown, Homespun site is at:
Jan’s Conference Centre, Higher Audley Street, BB1 1DH
Parking available on site.
Please wear a face mask and maintain social distancing rules.
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