Join Dr Ragnhild Ljosland and Mark Cook for a hands-on workshop on how to work flax. Textile production was a major part of Viking women’s daily responsibilities. Flax (known locally as lint) was grown for linen production used in finer textiles. Flax fibres can also be used in production of rope and string. In this event, you will try your hand at some of the processes required to transform flax plants into workable fibres, and make a cord. You will learn about how Norse people used flax and linen and hear some of the stories they told. Together we will learn a traditional Orkney toast mentioning linen and flax.
It’s an outdoor venue (Mark Cook’s garden), so you need to dress appropriately. The gathering-point is the car park at Stenness school where Mark will collect you at 2 pm prompt and take you there.
Numbers limited: booking essential. Tickets £18
In association with Orkney Viking Week