Linen Growers’ Club: March

What brought you here? Are you a gardener or a spinner already, or are you new to it? Where are you going to grow your flax? Turns out that we’re a mix of growers and makers, and will be growing our flax at sites all over Coast Salish Territory and beyond; we’ll have a tremendous diversity…

A Little History on Flax to Linen

Almost thirty years ago in 1989, Mavis Atton’s book Flax Culture: from flower to fabric was published by Ginger Press, a chronicle of Atton’s experiments growing and producing hand spun flax in Georgian Bay, Ontario. A few years later, Linda Heinrich of Vancouver Island wrote The Magic of Linen, a result of the extensive research she…

Soil to Sky – one very last event…

It’s almost hard to imagine that the time is upon us, but here it comes: the very last Soil to Sky event, the Final Celebration on Saturday November 5. We’ve all learned so much from this project. It didn’t go off the way we expected, but we took the twists and turns with good grace,…

From Soil to Sky- Research Project

From May 9- June 5 2016 From Soil to Sky is an opportunity for urban artists, gardeners, paper-makers, spinners, woodworkers, kite- fliers and care-givers to spend 12 sessions over the springtime sharing skills and resources while collaborating to make the best-flying, most inspiring kites we can -completely from materials that grow right in our neighbourhoods….

The week of new videos continues…

The eartHand folks were interviewed in the summertime by Jennifer Muranetz for a  story on the environmental impact of textiles that Collective Evolution were writing. Here is the article and short film. Thanks to Jennifer, Collective Evolution, and all the eartHand folks who helped in the project! And the shirt that took three years of…

Trillium North update

Things heat up  at the new park as we approach the point of public access at the new site. Several local folks came and helped weave a new fence for our small  demonstration flax plot that is roadside: Our Park Board partners have set us up with keys to the main building as well as…

Aberthau 2013 video documentation

Here is a short 5 minute video that sums up a years worth of activities from our first year at Aberthau growing flax for linen and more…

Announcing the 2014 project: Terroir

Happy to announce our first phase of funding for Terroir, our  Urban Cloth was successful!… slated to begin in mid April 2014, we are still grantwriting for the rest of the project. So, Terroir; what does this mean? Terroir “a sense of place,” is the sum of the effects that local environment; geography, geology and…

Aberthau project complete…Next?

EartHand Gleaners’ first project was  both a great success and a huge learning opportunity. The final  step of processing the flax into linen for spinning really drove home two main points. 1.the  vast difference in quality one can expect in the fibre depending on the soil where the crop was grown. Best case scenario, a…