“Nettles for Textiles” w/ Allan Brown

Brilliant video about the process of making fiber from nettles. The methods are simple and really, just take time. This film tracks the process from plant to finished fiber. Enjoy!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/225183045″>NETTLES FOR TEXTILES</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user68688214″>Allan Brown</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The video was shot and edited by Dylan Howitt

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4 Responses to “Nettles for Textiles” w/ Allan Brown

  1. polwygle says:

    My mother will be happy to hear that there is yet another use for her beloved nettles, but she probably already knows that. I wish I had known of his process to remove the leaves when I was younger. So much less tinglier.

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  2. Knit Potion says:

    I’m sitting here with my mouth open. Just TODAY I was reading Les Miserables and came across the passage where Monsieur Madeleine talks about all the uses for nettles! It’s in Part I, Book Five, Section III: “When nettles are young, the leaves make an excellent vegetable; when they get older, nettles produce filaments and fibers like hemp and flax. Cloth made from nettles is every bit as good as cloth made from hemp. . . .” The description goes on, but of course my mind took off on the idea of nettle fiber. It’s been rolling around in my head all day, and then I see this. Thank you so much for posting it! Ahhh, serendipity. 🙂

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    • Well, isn’t that a wonderful coincidence!! Thanks for the awesome reference! I found this all so interesting. I’ve not been much of a plant fiber person (thus far), but the processing fascinates me 🙂


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