Sunday, November 8, 2009

Flax Processing by Hand

This flax has been retted. It was soaked in a wading pool for three or four weeks. Then dried for another two weeks on a rack in the garage. This meat tenderizer works okay but I'd like to have some more heavy duty tool for breaking up the pith.

I'm saving the seeds.

A lot of the pith has broken away and I'm pounding it some more.

This is one of the above four bundles that has been combed. I used a wool comb but a flax hackle would be faster.


  1. Yay! You raised flax! You retted flax!
    scutched and for the spinning!

    Isn't it amazing how much you appreciate a homespun linen shirt now ;-)

  2. Gorgeous!!What a hard work without the rigth tools. It´s a pitty you don´t live somewhere nearby I´ve got a flax brake and here is also a group of people who have all the tools. How do you like your finished flax? Can´t wait to see it spun up!
    Tiia from Ravelry :) (who loves long line flax)

  3. Wow, this is neat! I've been thinking about trying this, myself. Maybe I should learn how to spin flax before I try to grow it!

  4. Hi Everyone, I've just figured out I have to accept comments before they get posted!

    The retted flax is waiting. I have a lot of wool that has to get processed and spun. I'm not sure how I like my finished flax. I've bought only one type of commercial prep and I think that was called top. I spun it from the fold on a spindle. When I tried it on the wheel it kept breaking. I think I would like long line prep.