The Making of Linen


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.
It looks wonderful in an antique rye basket, buy viagra also available in my website store.

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.

12 Responses to “The Making of Linen”

  1. Bill and Judy Says:

    Great information and illustrations! When I was teaching United States History we went into the production and processing of linen, cotton, wool, and silk. I will forward your information on to the teacher who took my position. He will be able to use your illustrations as an easy and consise way of explaining the process.
    Thanks for enlightening us through your blog. I know how much time and energy it takes — you have to love it!
    Bill and Judy

  2. Margaret Says:

    Oh I love linen! Seeing your post reminds me of when I worked as an interpreter at an historic site in the Hudson Valley of NY. We used to demonstrate the whole process of rhetting and scutching, etc, before the spinning process. That flax braid brings back such memories! :D Now I love to cross stitch, so linen is what I work with all the time. I have to find me some linen sheets — I’ve never tried them.

  3. Carole Says:

    Hi Bill and Judy. It’s so nice to receive a comment from you! Thank you so much for such a nice one. I love that you are are forwarding those illustrations to the teacher that took your position. I had no idea that you taught history, American history, my favorite! It’s my pleasure to enlighten and yes it sure does take a lot of time but it is a labor always a labor of love.

  4. Carole Says:

    Margaret, it’s nice to meet you. I just visited your site and saw all of the gorgeous samplers that you stitched on linen. Thank you for leaving a comment. I hope you will visit again.

  5. Bill and Judy Says:

    We looked at Margaret’s samplers too. We have an early Adam and Eve sampler with the cat on pillow or stool. Under the cat is the caption: “Poor Puss”. We have had this sampler for years. It was interesting when we saw the almost identical cat.
    Bill and Judy

  6. Carole Says:

    that’s great Bill and Nancy. I am so glad you saw Margaret’s samplers. I’ll bet the one you have is wonderful. Thanks for coming back to my blog to let me know.

  7. Martha Says:

    I always enjoy your blog, your photos and your post are wonderful. I love linen as well, never owned any linen sheets though, I will now keep my eyes open for them. I shop at Marshalls, maybe I will get lucky and find some!

  8. Rachael Kinnison Says:

    HI Carole!
    Ohhh I LOVE linen too~ I posted a while back on my blog about making linen, and show some pictures of early antique tools that I have here~ it really is an amazing process and makes a person love and admire and dare I say, covet, early textiles even more, since we can gleen a small idea of the work that went into making them!
    xoxoxo rachael

  9. Carole Says:

    Hi Martha. That makes me smile that you enjoy my blog. Posting is very time consuming but when I hear from my readers it makes it all worth while, so thank you.

  10. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    First of all….I love those illustrations! I will definitely be looking out for linen sheets from now on. The cotton ones get so nubbly OR they become thin after so many washings. Thanks!


  11. Says:

    When I initially commented I clicked the
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    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Bless you!

  12. Ulysses Says:

    Why people still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is presented
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