Get ready to learn about and weave with linen!

This tough fiber has a tough reputation though, as many weavers find it stiff, sticky, and unyielding. Get rid of those misconceptions and learn how to have a satisfying experience weaving with this ancient fiber.

In this workshop, Tom will cover:

  • how linen is made, from growing and harvesting flax, to processing and spinning the fiber into thread;
  • the difference between line flax and its coarser cousin tow;
  • winding bobbins and pirns;
  • how to warp with linen, and advice for successful weaving;
  • finishing your linen piece and taking it off the loom.

Full of fascinating history, advice, and tips, this workshop will have you wanting to weave with linen.

Meet Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely has been teaching handweaving for more than forty years. In addition to teaching, Tom weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. Voted Handwoven Teacher of the Year, Tom is renowned among his weaving students for his kindness, good humor, and seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving. He teaches at the beautiful Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, Pennsylvania.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • Welcome to the Course

    • Video: Meet Tom Knisely

    • Video: Introduction & Welcome

    • Technical Support

  • 2

    How Flax Becomes Linen Yarn

    • Video Lesson: Processing Flax

    • Processing Flax Continued

    • Video Lesson: Spinning Flax into Linen

  • 3

    Putting Linen on Your Loom

    • Video Lesson: More About Linen

    • Understanding Linen Thread

    • Video Lesson: Winding Bobbins & Pirns

  • 4

    Weaving With Linen

    • Video Lesson: Warping & Weaving with Linen

    • Tips

  • 5

    Final Thoughts

    • Video Lesson: Finishing Your Project

    • Final Thoughts Continued

  • 6

    Final Finishing

    • Thank You!

  • 7


    • Guide to Spinning Flax