this week’s shopping and harvest

some stuff we managed to acquire during  two car trips :)

a grindstone and two saws are for my husband, the rest is my new flax processing tools, basically everything i  needed for  breaking, scutching and then hackling flax. (Well, and some old heddles for weaving, a niddy-noddy, and two enameled funnels).

Some details:

some old half-processed flax was included in the kit

a comb for removing the seeds

these are two very fine combs, I didn’t even know such combs for flax fiber existed:

Meanwhile. this is today’s harvest, I have pulled it all

there is very good (and dounloadable for free) article  in the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, sums up the whole process and shows pictures of all the steps, plus some tips on spinning.


6 responses to “this week’s shopping and harvest

  1. saulene August 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Аля, со сбором урожая тебя! )

    У чесалок на первой фотографии (где гвозди по кругу и прямоугольником) очень серьезный такой вид ))) Мне кажется, ваш дом сам по себе все больше становится похож на этнографический музей )

    Удачи тебе с первой партией, пусть хорошая пряжа получится!

    • Alfia August 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Лена, спасибо!
      да-да, я когда фотографировала так и сказала, что у нас тут музей уже :)
      счастье, что у нас есть большой подвал, иначе нужен бы был еще один дом, поскольку наш дом совсем небольшой и места бы не хватило для таких коллекций :)

  2. maliz August 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    That looks like a good bargain!
    I hope you´ll show us the whole process from flax to linnen and thanks for the interesting link.

    • Alfia August 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

      hej maliz,
      it was a good bargain, indeed! I will show the process, sure, I am just afraid I have to wait till next summer before I start retting the flax, it’s getting colder here, those fungi or bacteria that chew on plants need warmer temperature for few weeks. Ah, well, that’s how they did it in old days anyway, they processed last year’s harvest.

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