This past weekend at a local living history farm museum, they ran a program called Just the Flax. It was a one display, short program concerning the processing of flax fibres. In just 45 minutes I learned so much! I could not get over how quickly the flax can be processed into fibre, it was like magic. I was able to spin a bit of it too...first time sitting at a wheel, I only have every spun from a drop spindle. I was so easy, I cannot stress to you how easy it was!
So after some serious thinky thoughts since Saturday, I am wondering if I could have gotten a tighter weave structure on my shirt linen if I had gone with a finer weft thread. This is something I am going to have to experiment with once I get my loom set up.
I am also left wondering why we as a province producing more flax and linen. We have the perfect growing conditions, it really should be a crop that we produce...more thinky thoughts...
here is a link to the living history farm http://rossfarm.novascotia.ca/