The production and use of flax and linen span branches of knowledge and practice, with local and international resonance. The flaxicon – an archive of (textual) resources generated by The Linen Project’s activities so far – gives insight into related processes and perspectives, their application, and significance.

Videos

Seed and Sowing

Part of the video series for How&Wow Linen presented by Crafts Council Nederland

In conversation with Karlijn Bokhorst, flax cultivation supervisor for The Linen Project in 2019 and 2020, on location at the Linen Stewards flax field at Ekoboerderij de Lingehof.

Weeding

Part of the video series for How&Wow Linen presented by Crafts Council Nederland

Karlijn Bokhorst, flax cultivation supervisor for The Linen Project in 2019 and 2020, talks about the importance of weed removal and exploring organic farming methods. The Linen Stewards weed by hand – bringing a connection with the soil, the flax and each other – on location at their flax field at Ekoboerderij de Lingehof.

Pulling the Flax

Part of the video series for How&Wow Linen presented by Crafts Council Nederland

Karlijn Bokhorst, flax cultivation supervisor for The Linen Project in 2019 and 2020, introduces the three stages of the flax harvest process while the Linen Stewards demonstrate what it means to harvest flax by hand on location at their field at Ekoboerderij de Lingehof in 2020.

Retting and Turning

Part of the video series for How&Wow Linen presented by Crafts Council Nederland

Karlijn Bokhorst, flax cultivation supervisor for The Linen Project in 2019 and 2020, explains the (dew) retting process and the simple necessity of turning the flax, as demonstrated on location with the Linen Stewards at Ekoboerderij de Lingehof during their 2020 flax harvest.

Bringing in the Harvest

Part of the video series for How&Wow Linen presented by Crafts Council Nederland

On location with the Linen Stewards 2020 at their flax field at Ekoboerderij de Lingehof, Karlijn Bokhorst, flax cultivation supervisor for The Linen Project in 2019 and 2020, describes the precarious moment of bringing in the harvest and demonstrates how to roll a flax sheave.

Rippling, Breaking, Scutching, Hackling

Part of the video series for How&Wow Linen presented by Crafts Council Nederland

Heleen Lorijn is experienced in historical flax and linen practices and grows her own flax to research and conserve the haptic knowledge involved. Here she explains and demonstrates how fine flax fibres and other materials are extracted from the harvested flax stalks through various manual techniques.

Preparing the Distaff and Hand Spinning

Part of the video series for How&Wow Linen presented by Crafts Council Nederland

Once the flax fibres have been obtained, they are prepared for spinning. Flax expert Heleen Lorijn gives a workshop in ‘dressing the distaff’ to the Linen Stewards and demonstrates her preferred hand spinning and finishing techniques. The difference between the flax fibre qualities and their customary use is also explained.

Research reports commissioned by The Linen Project

Articles

Following nature’s rhythm: a season on the field as a Linen Steward

Melanie Bomans for Garland Magazine, 2021

Day by day encounters in collectively caring for the plants that will clothe us.
Melanie Bomans reflects on her experience as a Linen Steward in the March 2021 edition of Australian-based Garland Magazine, Stewardship: The relationship between humans and nature. Read the full article alongside other inspiring contributions and insights on custodianship and craft.

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