Nettle Fibre Workshop
Join Harmony to learn the ancient craft of fibre and cordage making from the stalks of our native Stinging Nettle. In this hands-on workshop you will learn about harvesting, processing, and hand-working the material from both fresh & dry stalks into strong two-ply string. Each participant will get to work with their own materials supplied by the instructor and bring home the string they make.
with Harmony Pillon
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Location: Fireweed Farm
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is perhaps best known as an abundant, nutritious and perennial weed, however throughout history it has also been used as a primary source of fibre in many traditions around the world.
The craft of making cordage is an ancient technology in which fibres from various plants can be prepared and twisted together to make a tool essential for crafting, hunting, fishing, clothing & weaving. The amazing length, fineness, tensile strength, and moisture absorption ability of Nettle, all contribute to versatility and strength as a fibre.
This is a beautiful way able to connect with Nettle, the Autumn season and enjoy the tangible results of your own own innate physical and creative abilities.. The artistry of cordage is the ancient craft of our Palaeolithic ancestors. There is a deep reverence and wisdom that is cultivated by practicing skilled craft. A sense of stewardship and relation is built when we tend the land and depend directly on the earth in reciprocal relationship.
Harmony will be teaching the method of hand-working the material from both fresh & dry stalks into strong two-ply string. This is a basic initiation into cordage. Each participant will get to work with their own materials supplied by the instructor and bring home the string they make. Much of the time will be spent practicing and refining the technique, including the finer points of how to make the cordage strong and flexible.