An exciting step forward for the Fibrevolution team! We are scaling up our fiber flax trials and will be utilizing a mechanical flax puller to harvest this crop. Fall planting allows us to grow fiber flax in our region without the need for irrigation. This field will be harvested in June 2022. We have partnered with the Yamhill County Historical Society to restore a flax puller that they have in their collection, for use on our fiber flax trials. We have dug hard to find one of these machines in the USA, and this is the only flax puller we have found still in existence in America. Thankful for the support from our community as we all believe in the viability of linen production in Oregon, and together envision it's revival in our region. Stay tuned for more...
Exciting News!! This is Fibrevolution's new home for research and development. The property will be certified Organic, with the ultimate goal of Regenerative Organic production. Our continued fiber flax seed breeding and fiber quality trials will move to this location, as well as trials of other rotational crops. Thanks to Angela and her husband Garth, we will be utilizing rotational grazing practices on the land. Follow us on our journey to revitalize flax to linen production in Oregon.
Listen to PODCAST here: podcast.ausha.co/roots-routes-of-linen/fibrevolution
"Welcome to ROOTS & ROUTES of LINEN, the podcast which pass the mic to actors and lovers of the linen industry in Europe. Today I welcome a special guest, Shannon WELSH, co-founder of Fibrevolution. Fibrevolution’s mission is to bring flax and linen production back to the state of Oregon (and really the United States!).
For 4 years Fibrevolution’s team has been immersed in all things flax and linen - and you know what? Flax grows beautifully in Oregon! From the time of the early settlers until the 1960’s fiber flax was a dominant crop in Oregon. During this period Oregon developed the only flax industry in the United States.
Shannon Welsh and Angela Wartes-Kahl, co-founders of Fibrevolution, vision is to build an economy that values people, work, plants and the land at every step of the process. They have teamed up with farmers, textile professionals, manufacturers, seed breeders and university researchers in their community, who are as much as inspired as Shannon and Angela to participate in the revitalization of flax and linen in the Pacific Northwest.
Enjoy the episode!"
Fibrevolution is thrilled to be one of the 12 businesses chosen for a Case Study for this project!
"Funders, impact investors, and integrated capital practitioners currently have the opportunity to catalyze momentum and reform in the U.S. fiber and textile industry. A coordinated, strategic roadmap is critical to make the best use of integrated philanthropic and investment support.
This research project drew on more than 60 interviews with fiber farmers and ranchers; processing businesses along the supply chain (mills, tanneries, etc.); brands and other supply chain experts; and funders and investors.
Findings from these interviews have been synthesized and distilled into a seven-year financial Roadmap identifying five key Gaps and Levers where integrated philanthropic and investment capital would have the greatest impact in rebuilding the “missing middle” of the supply chain. " -SAFSF team
Read more about the 'Fibers Roadmap' and 'Case Study' businesses here:
A magical exploration of Oregon's historic linen industry.
"In the broad Willamette Valley,
There's a village quaint and small
With its blue-eyed flax of summer
And its golden flax of fall;
Where the toilers in the flax plant
And the toilers in the field
Pause to celebrate each autumn
All the flax their labor yields."
Oregon Flax Song By Barbara Pauli
Read Flax and Linen: An Uncertain Oregon Industry by featured historian Steve M. Wyatt here: https://ohs.org/research-and-library/oregon-historical-quarterly/upload/Wyatt_Flax-and-Linen_OHQ_95_3_Summer-1994.pdf
Catalyzing a Regenerative West Coast Fiber System
Fibershed has developed an initiative to coordinate and implement a manufacturing strategy that will regionalize the production of textiles and contribute to climate solutions. The Regional Fiber Manufacturing Initiative will:
Fibrevolution co-founders Shannon Welsh and Angela Wartes-Kahl have both been asked to serve on the Board for the RFMI. Angela will serve on the Material Production committee and Shannon will serve on the Manufacturing committee, with the Stewardship committee and Chiefs of Staff as the backbone of the Initiative.
You can learn more and follow the work of the RFMI here:
YarnStories - A podcast telling the tales behind our favorite fibers
"Fibrevolution’s mission is to bring flax and linen production back to the state of Oregon (and really the United States). We’ll talk a little today about what happened to the industry there and what challenges Shannon and Angela face trying to bring it back."
Listen to Podcast here: Episode 215: Fibrevolution with Shannon Welsh
"Can these Oregon producers bring linen back to the U.S.?"
View video - Weaving a New Future For U.S. Fashion Economy
GIST yarn & fiber / "Contextualizing Textiles" for the GIST Weave Podcast
Listen to Episode 45: Regenerative Regional Flax Production with Angela Wartes-Kahl of Fibrevolution
Eugene and Felix McConville's family have been involved in the scutching of flax for linen production for countless years. Together these brothers work to keep this century's old craft alive for future generations by offering tours of their flax museum and water powered flax scutch mill near Dromore in Co Down, Northern Ireland. This is the last water powered scutch mill still working today. We had the pleasure of visiting with Eugene and Felix McConville and got a first hand look at this mighty mill in action.