raven ranson wrote:It looks like this method creates a fibre that is a lot like cotton. Short, fine fibres.
I like this. They look very soft.
And yet, it conflicts with my previous knowledge which is that medieval Europeans processed it "like flax" to produce a fibre indistinguishable from flax except by microscope. This just goes to show that there are many right ways to get fibre from nettles.
Using a proprietary extraction process, we produce a lustrous, long fiber that is spun by commercial mills to produce beautiful, unusual yarns for use in luxury interiors and high-end apparel.
First question, how to harvest them? Should I go by size? Cut them at the base, or pull it by roots?
have you ever known anyone to have a severe reaction to nettles? More than stinging, temp rash, and discomfort?
Thekla McDaniels wrote:
About the boiling in wood ash slurry, I wonder if soaking in wood ash slurry would suffice (perhaps for a little longer). The lye in the wood ash will become active without addition of heat, if it is the caustic action of the lye you are wanting.
raven ranson wrote:I hear some of you say that you have nettles. I suspect that there is a lot of regional variation in how nettles are harvested because there is so much regional variation in the different types of nettles. ...