Fibre flax is valued for the tough, durable cloth it produces. Over the years, varieties have been bred that produce longer, more uniform and stronger fibres than regular flax. Flax is usually planted by the acre for commercial production, but a patch as small as 2 square meters (15-20 square feet) will produce enough flax for a small home weaving project. For the best fibre production, sow seeds close together at a rate of about 12-16 grams per sq. meter (1.1-1.5 grams per sq. ft.), or 50-65 kg per acre. Flax requires moist fertile soil with good drainage and full sun. Seed can be broadcast by hand and raked over to cover. Keep the area evenly moist until germination. A lovely and graceful plant in all stages of its growth, flax will bloom in blue or white and mature to a deep gold. It is ready to harvest for use about one hundred days after it is sown. Harvesting involves pulling the plant up by the roots and laying them out to dry. Fibres are prepared from the raw flax straw in a series of steps called retting, breaking, scrutching and hackling. Instructions are included with each order. |
– EVELIN is high yielding variety for fibre flax production.