Sunday 20th March 10.30 - 12.30

Did you know you can make cordage, yarn & cloth from our local nettles? Stinging nettles have been used as a fibre plant for textiles for over 3000 years in the UK, to make everything from heavy sailcloth to fine table linen up until the 18th century. Nettles are of great interest again since they one of most sustainable local fibres you can imagine. During the workshop you will learn about Nettle's botanical and textile history, and it's tales and folklore. Nettles won’t sting after being harvested. You will see how to extract nettle fibre, and learn a simple way to try it yourself. The Tutor Brigitte Kaltenbacher has an MA in Sustainable Textiles at UCA Farnham (University of Creative Arts). She holds numerous workshops, talks and demonstrations throughout Surrey and West Sussex.

Introduction to Nettle Fibre Processing with Brigitte Kaltenbacher