About us

Flax and linen is documented as part of civilization long before the pyramids. Political intervention supporting cotton producers gradually destroyed the linen industry about 200 years ago. However, Flax and linen is making a comeback here and in Europe.

In 2010 The Linen Project evolved out of Transition Victoria’s Re-skilling Group and was inspired by Denise Dunn. Since then this group and other flax to linen enthusiasts have planted an acre of flax, and as we shared the field, we harvested what felt like a huge 1/2 acre of flax in a field near Elk Lake. This active nonprofit group is here to develop and maintain skills and knowledge to produce flax fibre and linen cloth. 

A little bit about linen.
It is a pretty amazing fabric.  It's resistant to moths & carpet beetles, resists dirt & stains, has no lint or pilling tendencies, can be dry cleaned, machine washed or steamed and has only moderate initial shrinkage. It feels cool to the touch and smooth. It gets softer the more it is washed.  It absorbs and looses moisture rapidly and can gain up to 20% moisture without feeling damp.  

A characteristic often associated with contemporary linen yarn is the presence of "slubs", or small knots which occur randomly along its length. These slubs used to be considered as defects associated with low quality. However many contemporary Linen fabrics, particularly in the decorative furnishing industry, slubs are intentionally included as part of the aesthetic appeal of a natural product and do not compromise integrity of the fabric thus not considered as a defect. The finest linen has very consistent diameter threads, with no slubs. (Wikipedia)

It comes in natural shades of ivory, ecru, tan or grey but when scoured (washed & bleached) this natural colour will change.  It wrinkles easily but sometimes that is part of it's charm.  Just hang until dry.  If you need to, you iron linen when damp so with clothing it would be best hung up wet then ironed when it's dried a little.

At this point in time our group of multi-talented folks have been educating and demonstrating flax to linen processing. This includes the making of pre-industrial tools, demonstrating at farmers markets, historic venues and craft fairs. As we have now attracted more spinners and weavers to the group we are at the beginning stages of producing linen cloth items; truly becoming a "dirt to skirt" endeavor.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I am so thrilled to have found your group. Unfortunately I was just on Vancouver Island last week. I live in a Cohousing Community east of Nelson BC and was part of Transition Town Sandpoint, ID. Flax and linen has been in the back of my mind since 2009. I would love to correspond with someone. Sincerely, Lindy Flynn, 208-610-9113 or lindyfly@gmail.com