Allan Brown demonstrates the processes he takes nettle plants through, in order to extract a usable fibre for textiles. ‘Nettles For Textiles’ was shot and edited by Dylan Howitt.

Nettle Dress Crowd Funding success!

An update from Dylan Howitt:
Thanks SO MUCH to the 190 people (and counting) who backed us and for all the shares and good wishes, we so appreciate it.
We can’t wait to share the film with you next year, but in the meantime and in celebration here is a sneak preview of

Allan Brown starting to wind the warp for the dress …

Which time is best for foraging nettles?

Gillian Edom, the author of ‘From Sting to Spin’, kindly shared a table from her Mphil thesis on nettle fibre extraction about harvesting / foraging dates. Seems although there is not much difference in the yield, the fibres are easier to extract early in the season.
As with all foraging, only collect what you can process and consider the wildlife that feeds on nettles!