How do you harvest flax for spinning?
When your flax is ready, just pull the plants, keeping all the seed pods in one direction and the roots in another. Tie the flax in bundles, called stooks, and leave then upright to dry. You might need to tie them around a pyramid of 3 bamboo canes to keep them upright.
How is flax harvested for linen?
Turning flax into linen is a complicated and lengthy process. Traditionally, the plant is pulled up by the roots and then dried. The seeds are then removed (a process known as rippling). The dry flax straw is then retted to separate the fibers from the woody parts of the plant stalk.
Which way does flax spin?
The outermost layer of flax fiber is slightly turned counter-clockwise. Hence, most flax is spun counter-clockwise. This gave me a chance to practice my in-hand spinning with my left hand.
What month is flax harvested?
Flax is usually harvested in August after the plants have turned brown and appear dead. Because flaxseed can be stored for several months, we are able to enjoy it almost year-round.