[DWJ] Nettle shirts

rohina at shaw.ca rohina at shaw.ca
Wed Aug 23 01:41:43 EDT 2006

This would explain why it takes the girl so long to make the shirts.

Juliette Curtis wrote:

> FYI, it is perfectly possible to make wearable garments from nettles. 
> Nettle fabric was still being made in parts of Germany as recently as 
> the 1930s. I have never seen any but I have read that it is fine, 
> soft, and pleasant to wear.
> You process the nettles in the same way you process flax to make 
> linen. You wet the nettle and let them rot  until all the soft parts 
> of the plant are gone and only the long fibres in the stalks remain. 
> The stings are in the soft parts, so rotting (actually the correct 
> term is "retting") the plants gets rid of the strings. Then you pound 
> and comb ("hackle") the remains to separate the individual fibres, and 
> then you spin and weave them like any other fibre.
> Sorry for the lecture but sewing is one of my passions....
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