The monthly meeting of the Weavers Guild of the North Shore will be held at the Unitarian Church, 1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston, at 10 AM. This month’s program is Straw Into Gold presented by Tom and Joanne Blodgett.
In the history of textiles, the oldest known fabric is linen; the earliest record of handspun cordage dates to 30,000 B.C.E., which was the fibers of the flax plant hand-twisted into linen thread. During Colonial times, flax and linen were significant commodities of agricultural America; each family was expected to plant and harvest flax for export and importing linen for clothing, toweling, bed coverings, etc.
“Straw Into Gold” is a demonstration of the steps traditionally used – breaking, scutching, and hackling – to extract fiber from the flax plant, spin the fiber into thread, and then weave the thread into linen fabric. The tools used in the program are traditional – and are still used in some parts of the world.