Friday, January 15, 2010
I've been working on the website updates this week. My eyes go wonky working at the computer for more than 2 hours at a time.
But the website now has linked pages to Our virtual linen demonstration gardens and for the first time we have fiber flax seed for sale -- 3 European varieties available. I'm thrilled about that.
When I first wanted to grow flax I had a very difficult time finding linen flax seed in North America. I ordered from Richters Herbs, only to be told that they were "sold out". Then managed to order earlier the next year and got some, which grew fine in my climate -- Canadian zone 3 with summer frost and hail.
But now we have fiber flax seed available -- 3 varieties -- so everyone who wants to try growing there own local fashion can -- shirts, towels, table linens, hats, bedding, skirts, pants -- what an inspiring experience within the flax seed.
I have some woad blue and natural linen tea towels in the works -- the handspun, woad dyed linen thread is hanging in the studio as an inspiration, waiting for the flax break to be repaired (it broke at the Rock Creek Fair in September). But it will be done in early Spring and the flax breaking and spinning will resume. If you visit Joybilee Farm in the summer, you may find me weaving the towels.
The 3rd Annual Linen Festival at Joybilee Farm takes place on August 7th, 2010. Mark your calendars now, so you won't miss it.