Frequently Asked Questions
We've designed the book to be 8.25" x 6" (21cm x 15cm). We estimate the length will be 100 pages long with 12 full-colour pages.
However, if we do make our funding, we have some pretty snazzy stretch goals for content we wish to add to the book. This will make for a longer book.Last updated:
Yes. Kickstarter automatically adds shipping to your pledge depending on where in the world you live.Last updated:
We're not doing an e-book, yet.
E-books are wonderful. However, this book has a lot of images and we want to make certain we produce the best quality book we can. To start with, we are focusing on the print version. Once we've made this the best book we can, we will turn our attention to formatting an e-book. Making an e-book is relatively easy, but making a book with lots of images and illistrations look good as an e-book presents a greater challenge.
We hope to have an e-book version of Homegrown Linen: Transforming Flaxseed into Fibre, ready by the Spring of 2020Last updated:
We investigated a lot of different printing options, but in the end, we felt it was important to keep true to our values. On-demand printing didn't meet our needs.
Print on demand requires less startup capital, but it didn't leave enough room in the margins to sell the book at yarn shops, homesteading stores, and other retail outlets. There are still a lot of people in the world who don't have access to or choose not to use the internet. It's important to support local economies which means providing opportunities to local shop owners which are the heart of these communities.
Looking into print on demand, and printing in general, there is a lot of waste that gets trimmed off a book during manufacturing. By working with a local printer, we were able to make decisions that are more environmentally responsible and minimise waste.
Last of all: quality. With Print On Demand, the quality fluctuates depending on the printer and how recently the machine was calibrated. Most print on demand printers only calibrate once a day, so at the end of the day, a book with many images like ours can appear blurry.Last updated:
The next book in the series is all about wool. There are a lot of books about raising sheep and a lot of books about working with wool, but very few books go into great detail about traditional and sustainable ways of raising sheep for the best quality fibre. I hope to help remedy this.Last updated:
The English Language is beautiful in its diversity! Not only does it change with the flow of time, but different places also have their own words and meanings. Even villages only an hour apart by foot, have different words for everyday items. For example, the village where my Father grew up, Feathers are Futhers, and a Ladybird is called a Rainy Bug. Whereas where I live now, everyone knows they are called Ladybugs.
I love the way that language changes across place and time. That's the wonderful thing about English: as much as we try to freeze words and meaning in one moment in time, humans always discover new ways to express themselves.
One of the great joys of working with linen and textiles, in general, is the richness of the language. There's a whole vocabulary that surrounds yarn - and learning these new words is probably the hardest part of learning to work with textiles. However, one must resist the temptation to say "this is the proper word for..." because these skills are older than the written word. Possibly older than our ability to communicate complex ideas through speech.
Short answer: We're in Canada, so we used Canadian spelling.Last updated:
It's a sketch of my very first and favourite spinning wheel: an Ashford Traditional.Last updated:
Of course, you can!
I know how you feel. I lived in a second story condo in the heart of downtown for years. It was just two doors down from the main fire hall and boy was it crazy. I remember feeling so left out reading books and magazines about "growing things in your own garden" that I included a special section in the book just for hardcore urbanites like you.Last updated:
You can process flax with items found around the house, or if you like, you can use it as an excuse to acquire some new toys.
There are lots of different options. The specialised tools like a flax break, scratching knives, and hackles are excellent for large amounts of fibre, but it's simple enough to process a towel's worth with your hands, a stick, comb or florists frog, and maybe some gloves for safety.Last updated:
Don't have a loom? That's okay. There are a lot of different ways to make cloth that doesn't involve weaving. Knitting takes two sticks, crochet only takes one funny-shaped stick. If you scroll down on this link, there are some amazing bags, washcloths and towels crochet and knit by The Flax to Linen Group of Victoria from home-grown linen. https://flaxtolinenvictoriabc.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_12.html
It's also pretty easy to make your own loom. Knitting takes two sticks, but you can start weaving with just three (hint, an old broom handle cutup is perfect for a first loom!) https://permies.com/t/50910/permaculture-fiber-arts-tools/fiber-arts/loom
What kind of clothes can you make? I'm mostly focusing on towels at the moment, but I've seen local crafters make aprons, handbags, grocery bags, lightweight net bags for produce, shirts, pants, skirts, and bedding. I had the great fortune to teach one woman how to spin flax, and the next thing I knew, she made pillowcases with her very first handspun linen yarn.Last updated:
Here's a free pattern for a gorgeous crochet shopping (or yarn) bag to get you started.
I saw a note somewhere that you were going to be sending out some "extra" seeds, I didn't see any rewards still available with seeds included.
If we make our stretch goal of CA$16,000, we'll include a packet of fibre flax seed with every reward pledge over CA$50.
Unfortunately, I'm not able to edit the rewards once someone makes a pledge so we've put it as part of the stretch goal.Last updated:
It's not worth writing otherwise.
Processing flax into fibre includes playing with some fearsome tools. There's gardening implements, breaks, spikes, and other goodies. Even a distaff can become an awe-inspiring weapon in the hands of a vengeful spinster.
For more information on how this book will help protect you from zombies: https://permies.com/p/761983Last updated:
That lamb's name is Gretta Gobo, named after her favourite food (gobo is Japanese for burdock). She's a bummer, which is the technical word for orphaned lamb.
She was born on a very cold night and her mum refused to have anything to do with Gretta. So I brought her inside and hugged her until she warmed up enough to drink from a bottle. Ever since then we've been great friends.
I'm terribly camera shy, but having Gretta there makes it possible to relax while they try to photograph me.Last updated:
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