Fibre Blending Research Guild

…from the wild and woolly to the tamed or grown 6 sessions, Mondays 6:30-9pm October 16-November 20 @ Maclean Park Fieldhouse, 710 Keefer St, Vancouver $125 Max 10 REGISTER for the Fibre Blending Research Guild Looking at clothing labels often shows that our contemporary clothes are blends of various fibres. And, we have likely been…

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…

Linen Growers Club

Linen Growers Club SOLD OUT First Tuesday of the month from March through September, 6-8pm Register online through Homestead Junction Do you have an interest in gardening or textiles? EartHand Gleaners Society is thrilled to partner with Homestead Junction for the Linen Growers Club. A chance to grow your own small flax crop for linen,…

Final Celebration November 5th

Worlds collide in the best creative way possible on Saturday November 5th as we celebrate the end of the Soil to Sky Project   during the Heart of the City Festival at Trillium North Park from 1- pm- Rain or Shine! Including: Assembling the final kites with the pieces made over the last 6 weeks at…

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…

Autumn Fibre Events

We have two final free public celebration events for our 2014 fibre projects,  come out to both and get a solid  understanding of how cloth is made, and have a great time meeting fun people and doing something  extraordinary! Sunday November 9th 1-3 pm Hastings Urban Farm as a part of the  Urban Cloth Project…

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…