[Sca-cooks] flax processing (was Bread labor)

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Sat Nov 10 18:55:29 PST 2007

The first laurel in Calontir (I can't remember his name, but Margaret 
probably does) grew, retted, cleaned, and spun the flax, wove it into linen, 
then tailored it into garb, making his own scissors and needles in the 
process.  One of his neighbors turned him into the cops for manufacturing 
drugs, IIRC, during the rather smelly retting of the flax.  I believe he 
documented the project.


> I know of people who have participated in "sheep to shawl" events
> starting with the shearings from a sheep and proceeding from there.
> However, has anyone done, or seen done, the processing of flax from
> the plant to, at least, the spinning of the flax fibers? I know that,
> like making woad, it is likely to be a stinky outside activity. I'd
> like to have a first-hand account on processing flax for the
> Florilegium.
> Thanks,
>    Stefan

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