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Flax spinning - part 1, spinning with the hand

Flax spinning - part 1, spinning with the hand

The first part of "Marvelous Inventions" shows how to spin flax fibers using the most elemental tool of all, the human hand.

Flax spinning - part 2, the hand spindle

Flax spinning - part 2,  the hand spindle

The second part of "Marvelous Inventions" shows how to spin flax with the hand spindle.

How to dress a distaff with flax

How to dress a distaff with flax

A traditional flax processor demonstrates how to put flax on the distaff at The Mannings in Pennsylvania.

Irish linen and flax growing

Irish linen and flax growing

Growing flax and then it being processed into Irish linen

Making Linen from Flax

Making Linen from Flax

 

This '19th Century Daily Living Series' video demonstrates the tools, techniques and processes for making linen from flax.

From Flax to Linen (Ulster Linen Industry)

From Flax to Linen (Ulster Linen Industry)

Processes involved in making linen. Film clip was donated to Wellbrook beetling Mill Co. Tyrone.

Flax and Hemp Fiber (Processing and Spinning) an Introduction and How to guide by Kataryna Tkach

Processing and spinning vegetable fibers is very different then working with animal fibers. Even the processing techniques for different types of fibers can vary widely. In some cases you are taking fiber off the leaves (Sisal), in others you are taking it off the seeds of the plant in the form of bolls (Cotton). For flax, hemp, and nettle you are taking the fiber from the outer section of the stem, called the bast. These fibers are called bast fibers.

Wild fibres

Weaving with Natural Fibres ~ from nettles to cashmere ~

Cordage

Cordage (string, cord, rope) is a resource taken for granted today. However, to produce cordage in the field from natural fibres can take a significant amount of time (especially long lengths of thin strong cord). There are two main methods of producing a cord: twisting and plaiting.

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