[Sca-cooks] flax processing (was Bread labor)
selene at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 10 21:40:15 PST 2007
Terry Decker wrote:
> 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.
Aye, well if he didn't, surely the police did. <grin> The problem is,
unlike wool, which comes off the sheep in more-or-less usable form, flax
takes weeks to "rett" or ferment in a pool so everything that's not
usable fiber drops away. It can't really be done as a one-day project.
Maybe starting with pre-retted, dried tows.
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