Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Demonstrations: UNH Flax-to-Linen Project Team at the Moffatt-Ladd House

On October 21st the UNH Flax-to-Linen Project Team participated in the Fall Family Open House at the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  

This was the Team’s first time using the flax brake built by Museum Studies MA candidate and Project Research Assistant, Sophie MacDonald. It was also our first public demonstration not only of braking, but also of scutching and combing. We enjoyed speaking to visitors of all ages and answering questions about the project. A special thanks to Executive Director, Erica McAvoy and Education & Interpretation Manager, Maddie Beihl for the invitation.

Sophie demonstrates using a flax brake

Sydney talks about combing flax

Sophie with the flax brake she constructed, based on plans furnished by Woolgathers

A nice bag full of combed flax -- next up is spinning

Stayed tuned for our upcoming schedule of talks, demonstrations, and an exhibition in 2024!

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