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Spin Flax and Cotton: Traditional Techniques with Norman Kennedy

Learn techniques for spinning flax and cotton in this DVD workshop! Norman Kennedy shares traditional techniques passed down from generations for processing and working with these plant fibers.

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Discover time honored techniques for spinning flax as well as spinning cotton plus hear compelling stories of these textiles' history.


With this hour-and-a-half workshop, you will:

  • Discover the process of taking flax from seed to strik.
  • Learn two methods of dressing a distaff.
  • Watch a cotton bow open.
  • Learn how to clean cotton fiber for carding.
  • See a two-handed flax wheel, a Shaker walking wheel, and a variety of spindles in action.

Through each different segment, you will discover a large helping of tips and tricks so you can master these techniques for processing and spinning flax and cotton.


From his youth in Aberdeen, Scotland, Norman Kennedy was fascinated with learning the old textile traditions. His work has preserved stories and techniques passed down through centuries, and in this workshop he carries on the legacy.


From methods of spinning flax to using a cotton bow in the Cajun style, Norman shares his knowledge from around the world and through the ages in Spin Flax and Cotton.


BONUS! Norman demonstrates using a traditional indigo dye vat and explains how he creates stunning depths of color.


Spin Flax and Cotton is available as a one disc DVD, standard definition download, or a high definition download.

Spin Flax and Cotton

SKU: 13SP02

Author/Speaker/Editor: Norman Kennedy

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596686823

About the Author
Norman Kennedy served as Master Weaver at Colonial Williamsburg and founded the Marshfield School of Weaving. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, he is also an accomplished singer who performed at the landmark 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Norman lives in New England.

SKU: 13SP02

Author/Speaker/Editor: Norman Kennedy

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596686823

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