STINGING NETTLE: an eco fiber that is similar to linen but does not wrinkle as easily & is stronger than cotton. With modern fabric production, stinging nettle can be softer & more comfortable than linen. Unlike cotton, the whole stinging nettle plant (leaf & stem) can be used for fiber production. It can be grown in cold & harsh climates, with no pesticides & little watering. It was harvested widely for textile use before cotton production overtook it in the industrial revolution.
Do not follow this tutorial, it will only put you off spinning! The short pieces (second cuts) and vegetable matter should have been removed before carding. The locks should have been teased open before carding AND You should NEVER cut a batt to get it off the carder!
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