Saber Fazer

From Flax to Linen 2018 - Full Course

FROM FLAX TO LINEN 2018
 - FULL COURSE APRIL to JULY - 

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With Spring's arrival in 2018, we'll be hosting the second edition of the Flax to Linen Course.
This is a very practical, hands-on course that runs for about 3 months (about 5 sessions) from April to July, respecting the natural timings of flax growing and processing, from seed to yarn.
In this course we combine the traditional methods use for flax growing used in Portugal updated with technical information that we developed during the previous years of thorough research on this subject.
The goal is not only to learn how to grow and process good quality fiber, but also to understand the issues surrounding this topic nowadays.
For this, we will be growing a flax field using a rare portuguese regional variety of flax under organic farming principles. All the agricultural part and processing will be done on our location (BioHabitus farm in Vila Nova de Gaia).
All the sessions will take place during the weekend.

If you have any questions or doubts about the contents of the course or the calendar, please contact me.


FLAX TO LINEN COURSE INFORMATION

Duration: 3 months (aprox.) in 5+ previous scheduled sessions
Schedule: Saturdays (essential sessions) and weekdays (optional sessions). Please see the calendar below.
Cost: 330€ (tax included)
Please note: this amount includes the travel expenses for the trip to the traditional flax grinding mill happening on the 21st of July.
Location: BioHabitus farm (Vila Nova de Gaia - Perosinho)
Registration: please send an email to alice@saberfazer.org with your request or send a message through our contact form.


FLAX TO LINEN COURSE CALENDAR

This course comprehends 5 sessions that will happen on the weekends.
This schedule is still subject to confirmation, since our work will strongly depend on weather conditions and also on the flax growing rythm.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.



28TH APRIL (SATURDAY)
FLAX SOWING
Time: morning
Location: BioHabitus Farm (Vila Nova de Gaia - Perosinho)

30TH JUNE (SATURDAY)
FLAX HARVEST, RIPPLING AND RETTING
Time: morning
Location: BioHabitus Farm (Vila Nova de Gaia - Perosinho)

8TH JULY (SUNDAY)
FLAX RETTING AND THE DRYING PROCESS
Time: morning
Location: BioHabitus Farm (Vila Nova de Gaia - Perosinho)

21ST JULY (SATURDAY)
FLAX GRINDING IN A TRADITIONAL FLAX MILL
Time: 13.00h-18.30h
Location: Cabeceiras de Basto (travel expenses included)

22ND JULY (SUNDAY)
PROCESSING FLAX TO LINEN: SCUTCHING, HECKLING AND SPINNING
Time: full day
Location: BioHabitus Farm (Vila Nova de Gaia - Perosinho)

If you have any questions or doubts about the course or the calendar, please contact me.