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Flax and wool days

Linen and wool have traditionally been used in Sweden for making fine cloth and warm clothes. It was hard work and the whole household was involved in the harvest of flax and shearing of wool, preparing and spinning the yarn and making the textile. The reward was that both linen and wool were much sought after and brought a substantial income to the farm economy.


These activities you can take part of at lots of places at Skansen, not just one. Please read the programme to see everything it has to offer.

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Sat 24/8 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sun 25/8 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Mon 26/8 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tue 27/8 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Spinning • Lacemaking • Dyeing • Knitting

During the days in the event you can follow the complex and skilled processes (retting‚ breaking‚ scutching and heckling) that turn flax plants into linen thread. You can also get an insight into spinning on a wheel and weaving on a handloom. The Skansen sheep are sheared‚ the wool combed and how woollen cloth is felted in a fulling mill. You can also see how the old wool is recyceled and made into new garments.

As a visitor you can also assist with the washing‚ learn how to make lace and acquire all sorts of household skills. Come and take part in the activities at the Älvros farmstead‚ Bollnäs house‚ Delsbo farmstead‚ Tingsvallen‚ the Flax mill‚ the Fulling Mill and the Oktorp farmstead‚ not forgetting the field next to Seglora church and the Bakery in the town quarter.

Working the flax
The process from retting the stems of the flax, leaving them to cure for a couple of weeks and then on to the dressing makes the fiber ready to be spun into yarn and ultimately woven into cloth. You can help out with the dressing in the Älvros farmstead.

In the Delsbo farmstead you can see items of linen and wool clothing from the Skansens collection. Here you can also see weaving and lacemaking.

Before the age of the washing machine
How did people keep their clothes and linen clean in the old days? The Skansen village community show the ways to do it - cooking the clothes, scrubbing and beating the cloth by the pond at the Delsbo farmstead.

Take good care of your wool
The Skansen village community instructs you how to take care of clothes made of wool - how to air it and how to remove stains.

The flax works
In the flax works the waterpowered machines removes the shive from the stems.

Making rope
The Skansen village community is also on the Tingsvallen making rope of different kinds.

Recycle the wool
Wool was a valuable commodity and outworn jumpers where recycled to make new ones. The yarn was retrieved, carded and spun into new yarn. In the Back Mats cottage you can have a go at carding.

The organisation Föreningen Knyppelpinnarna demonstrates both new and old techniques making lace on Sat-Sun 11.00 - 15.00 and Mon-Tue 10.00 - 15.00. Here you can also try yourself.

Embroidery and fulling
Try to make an embroidery and to full, or felt, the wool into thick and warm cloth. The Stockholm Craft Society instructs the beginners on Sat-Sun 11.00 - 15.00 and Mon-Tue 10.00 - 15.00.

Harvesting the flax
When it was time to harvest the stems of the flax plant were pulled up with the root system, rather than cut at the base. Se how it was done and try it yourself at the meadow by the Seglora church 13.30 - 15.00 every day.

Spinning wheels!
The Formula 1 race in two categories for using a spinning wheel or a drop spindle to make wool. The competition is held on August 25 at 11.45 - 14.15.

Shearing of sheep
The Leicester sheep are sheared at the Skåne farmstead on August 24 and 25 at 12.15 - 14.00

Market street
Find the finest textiles and craft in the stalls along the Market street.

With reservation for changes in the program.

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