We are pleased to announce the launch of the OHS Webinar Series “Demystifying Flax

This webinar series will take place once a month, on Saturday mornings at 10am, starting in March 2021. All webinars will be live in zoom and participants will receive the link in advance of the webinar. Tech support will be available and discounted rates apply for OHS members. Webinars will be recorded and available for registered participants, in a private link, for a limited time following the recording, for those who are unable to attend in person virtually.

The webinars cost $20 each for OHS Members and $25 for Non Members. OHS Members can purchase the series of 4 webinars for a discounted package rate of $60 and $80 for Non-Members.

The package rate was available until March 12, 2021. To purchase individual webinars please see below:

March 13, 2021, 10am: Cat Haggert: Processing Flax

May 8,2021, 10am: Rebecca Lamperd: The History of Flax in Ontario

May 15, 2021, 10am: Rachel Smith: Spinning Flax into Linen

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June 5, 2021. 10am: Jette Vandermeiden: Weaving with Linen

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Flax Plant-Along

Great news, due to overwhelming interest we have added more spaces to the Flax Plant Along. Registration is re-opening Monday, March 29 at 10am EDT. We have limited seed packs available so register early to receive one. If you miss out on the seed packages you can still participate by registering for the Plant Along and purchasing your own seeds. Registration for the Plant Along will close April 7, 2021.

Here are some details about our plant-along. Cat Haggert will offer instruction, guidance, and support for those interested in producing flax fibre for spinning, whether they grow a few pots of flax to see what it’s like, or a patch big enough to spin, weave, and sew into a simple sleeveless shell (or more!).
Registrants in this series will take part in six, 1-hr interactive Zoom sessions between April and October that will cover the topics of:
  • Soil preparation
  • Planting and caring for the flax plants
  • Harvesting
  • Seed harvest (rippling, winnowing) and storage
  • Retting
  • Manual processing (breaking, scutching, hackling) and flax fibre storage
In addition, participants can engage with each other and Cat between Zoom sessions via a private Facebook group to share challenges and achievements in our flax patches.
A limited number of participants can sign up to receive enough flax seed for a 1.5m × 5m bed (120 g, enough for that summer top!), but if you have your own fibre-flax seed or simply want to audit the plant-along you are welcome to join.
Thank you for your support of the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners!