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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.


Excellent class

“This is just what I needed to get back into linen weaving. I've tried it before and it didn't come out; now I know how. Really, really excellent class by an expert. I'm repurposing my granite pastry board and rolling pin for my linen weaving. Thanks!” - Mary Fullam

Straw Into Gold

“Fascinating demonstration of flax processing. The weaving instruction was comprehensive and easy to follow. I am just warping up my first linen project so this course was perfect. ” - Jane Abbott

There are so many tips in this video!

“This course takes you through the importance of learning the process of making flax to the process of weaving linen. This enables the weaver to anticipate any problem thanks to this knowledge of the fibre. There are so many tips in this video! Tom Knisely is a fabulous lecturer, generously sharing so much of his weaving knowledge. I now know which loom to use to have a solid warp with linen.” - Dominique Robertson

Course curriculum

    1. Video Lesson: Processing Flax

    2. Processing Flax Continued

    3. Video Lesson: Spinning Flax into Linen

    1. Video Lesson: More About Linen

    2. Understanding Linen Thread

    3. Video Lesson: Winding Bobbins & Pirns

    1. Video Lesson: Warping & Weaving with Linen

    2. Tips

    1. Video Lesson: Finishing Your Project

    2. Final Thoughts Continued

    1. Thank You!

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 16 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content