[Sca-cooks] flax processing (was Bread labor)
phlip at 99main.com
Tue Nov 13 15:06:29 PST 2007
Thanks, Jadwiga. I think what I was remembering was that the fibers
were very coarse until more modern methods of retting, etc were
developed, so it was used primarily for cordage and rough cloth.
But, I've found a source of yarn, and am considering buying some to
play with- am currently dithering over plain hemp, or a hemp/wool
On Nov 13, 2007 2:37 PM, <jenne at fiedlerfamily.net> wrote:
> Sorry, lost the link, though my article is also in the Flori-thingy.
> > Well, Jadwiga, if you have documentation about using the fiber for
> > cloth, please send it along. I'm very interested in it as a fabric
> > that would wear well for my smithing, because if I'm building a
> > completely period set up for my forge, I might as well get it all
> > right. Already figured out a design for a loom that will make the all
> > in one tunics that are appropriate- been studying looms to see how it
> > actually would have been done ((it's winter, might as well do
> > something useful now that I'll have the indoor space.)
> > And, does anybody know how to figure out how much fiber you need for a
> > given quantity of woven cloth?
> > On Nov 12, 2007 12:48 PM, <jenne at fiedlerfamily.net> wrote:
> >> Phlip, I don't know where you found that piece of 'information' but it's
> >> nonsense. Remember Shakespeare's 'hempen homespuns'? Yeah, people of the
> >> lower class wore hemp cloth. Markham gives instructions for retting hemp
> >> along with his instructions for retting flax.
> >> Archaeologically, it's apparently impossible to tell different bast
> >> fibers
> >> from one another without destructive testing, so there's little
> >> information out there about what is found.
> >> The long length of hemp fibers (circa 15 feet) and their strength
> >> appears
> >> to have been the reason they were used for ropes, etc-- flax fibers are
> >> much shorter.
> >> Now, it may be true that hemp was used primarily for coarse cloth in
> >> period because it was harder to process it into the fine fibers for
> >> high-class clothing.
> >> Or it may just have to do with Western European fashions and ways of
> >> processing fiber, esp. spinning.
> >> --
> >> -- Jenne Heise / Jadwiga Zajaczkowa
> >> jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
> > --
> > Saint Phlip
> > Heat it up
> > Hit it hard
> > Repent as necessary.
> > Priorities:
> > It's the smith who makes the tools, not the tools which make the smith.
> > .I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary
> > notices I have read with pleasure. -Clarence Darrow
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Heat it up
Hit it hard
Repent as necessary.
It's the smith who makes the tools, not the tools which make the smith.
.I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary
notices I have read with pleasure. -Clarence Darrow
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