The first Vancouver DTES linen in recorded history! Looks a little hairy and string like, but I was braking in my fingers and finished the hackling by using carders, so there's shive still attached in places and the fibres were jumbled together from the carding. Proper line flax is only hackled and is much smoother like this stuff from Victoria Flax 2 Linen.
Here's how I did it....
I broke the flax by twisting the stems over my finger. Then I used the scutching knife made by Martin Borden to get rid of the broken bits of dried pith (shive). This was pretty hard to do, so I can see why the scutching flail was invented!
Interestingly, it is a mix of the golden colour you get from water retted linen and the grey from 'dew' retted.
This week we will be trying out the almost completed flax brake and processing more flax at the field house. Exciting times!