I just purchased this beautiful 19th flax braid for Carole’s Country Store. It is from Pennsylvania and has never been spun. It’s a wonderful display piece for your country home and if you like it you can find it here.
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I love all cotton white sheets, but if I can find linen that’s what I buy, but ONLY at a good price. About 12 years I was shopping for new sheets and I found several sets of Ralph Lauren 100% linen sheets in Marshalls! I bought all that they had because I loved them, AND the price was VERY affordable. I still use them, and they are even better today then they were when I first got them. Linen gets softer and finer with every washing. Did you know it is the strongest of the vegetable fibers, and is 2 to 3 times stronger then cotton? Linen is made from the Flax plant.
Flax is a bast fiber, a woody fiber taken from the stalk of the plant. Have you ever noticed what a beautiful luster linen has? That luster comes from the waxy content of the plant. You can even boil linen, and it will not damage the fiber.
Twenty five percent of the content of our money is made of linen. Linen can absorb up to 20% of it’s weight before it feels wet.This drawing shows the process of “rhetting”, a 2 week process where plants are spread out in a field to absorb moisture and rain which allows the pith of the plant to rot in order to loosen the fibers of the plant.
Hackling and scutching is done before it is ready to spin into threads.
After this long process, it is finally ready to weave into linen.
I hope I have told you something you didn’t know about flax and linen. Next time you see a flax braid, you will have some idea of how much work goes into the making of this wonderful fabric. These wonderful illustrations were drawn by R.P. Hale.