Dear friends, valued customers, colleagues in the textile-industry,
Less than 3 weeks before the 25th Open Day and Yard – Fest, I thought it is appropriate to up-date you on the state of affairs here at Flax – Mill.
We will send a “Last Minute News” bulletin out in about 1 1/2 weeks but some things should be noted right now. All decent news, may I say:
– Very good exhibition in Upperlands.
I had the pleasure to be invited to the opening of a small (maybe too small) but excellent exhibition about the work of Ireland’s oldest linen – mill.
Wm Clarks & Son are showing the interested visitor a good selection of what they are manufacturing. Unusual and very thoughtfull in these days of “loft studios”, “creative centres” and galleries to actually present what a factory does!
That’s what textile – makers are about and Clark’s creative director Duncan Neil, who put the exhibits together has put the emphasis on products.
You will find anything from Clarks new bespoke “Earthed” fabric to linen woven here at the Flax – Mill and finished traditionally (bleeched, dyed, mangeled, beetled….) by Clarks. Also shown are some finished pieces made by ourselves and by master crafters such as Deborah Toner, Jill Gourney and others.
A great attempt to bring those who actually make things back into the public’s focus, I would recommend a visit to the Flax Coffee Shop in Upperlands very much. The little cafe/visitors centre is right opposite the entrance to the mill and beside the beetling plant. They are open Tues. to Sat. and alongside the exhibits I strongly recommend the espresso there (10 out of 10).
– Linen from Organic Flax sold out but a little bit of good news!
Our “experiment” with cloth we wove using yarn (60s lea) which was spun from GOTS certified flax (grown in Holland) turned into more than a success, the cloth sold out to the last inch in less than two weeks! We gathered up all the left-over yarn and have made – last run of weaving before the Open Day – just 100 metres of the 120 g / square metre fabric. Needles to tell you it won’t see the week after our Open Day – let us know NOW if you want any. The growers of the flax have made it very clear that there won’t be any until next summer – a good attitude I think, you just can’t rush nature and the product is so superb that the wait is well worth it.
I can aslo give a way a little “secret”: Maria Cardenas, master – tailor from Colombia with a base in Co. Down has purchased some of the wonderful cloth. She will be at our Open Day, certainly prepared to take orders for garments.
– Preparations for Sept. 8th are turning “hot” from now on!
“All hands on” is a mild way of putting the goings – on at the mill from now on.
Bookings are still coming thick but we will put the “cap on” very shortly. The media have taken our press – releases very well and on the day, we will be live guests at BBC Radio Ulster. Also, German radio will be here to report.
I would urge anyone who wants to book extra guests, especially for the evening, to do it now!!!
Looking forward to putting my arms around you shortly,
love over gold
As an attachment to this, there’s an incredible story Hermann wrote (no, he says, he only put it to paper). If you have this, you are amongst a lucky few in the world only, who he is wanting to send this to!!
After you read it, you may pass it to one or two people as nice as yourself!
The story is called “Ireland’s most famous ghost”