Learn something new everyday.
What do I know about Flax except it is a real pretty field when it is in bloom.
Bruce the weaver and spinning wheel fixer grew some Flax this summer.
Flax leaning against the garden fence where really tall sunflowers grew!
He harvested it recently. It is pulled out of the soil by the root and not cut. Then it is bundled and set out to dry. The seeds are removed and then the outer core is rotted which exposes the inner fiber…then the stalk is broken to remove the fiber. Then it is combed to sort the long fibers from the short fibers.
Here is some Flax fiber that was grown and processed a previous year.
Looks like a hairy mess
But eventually it is spun into a thread. Those threads can be woven together to make linen. It can be fabric that is made into summer clothing, tablecloths, curtains and if it is very fine it can be used to knit or crochet.
This is the wheel he uses. I guess I never thought about the whole process before…how about you?