Blog or Vlog 365 Fiber and Fabric

Day 30 of 365 Blog or Vlog

Dressing the Distaff

Getting ready to spin flax into linen thread involves preparing the fiber supply. Line flax is very long and fine, and can become a snarled mess if not handled correctly.

When flax workers package the flax stricks, they are twisted in club-like bundles. I don’t have a flax hackle, so I use a hair pick to lightly comb out small bits of the strick at a time.  This lets me untwist the fibers from the bundle.

Next I tie the flax at one end and start spreading out the fiber over a table. I go back and forth across the table fanning out the fibers in thin layers. When I have the fiber spread out, I lay the distaff cage on top, and loosely wrap the fiber around the cage.

I then secure the bundle to the distaff cage with a ribbon. This lets me pull a few fibers at a time from the distaff as I spin.

Flax has been grown for thousands upon thousands of years. I truly enjoy working with it.

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