Weaving

Flax Straw Waiting To Be Rippled

Flax Straw Waiting To Be Rippled

Rippling Will Remove The Bolls & SeedsThe flax straw from this summer is waiting in the barn for me. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to “ripple” it this week. Rippling is the process by which the bolls and seeds are removed from the flax. If you don’t already know, a boll is the rounded seed…

Rag Strips For Rag Rugs

Rag Strips For A Rug

I’m making a few rag rugs for the kitchen. Rag weaving makes good use of old worn out sheets, old clothing and leftover fabric pieces from past sewing projects. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. The rug in the…

Growing Dish Towels In The Garden

Tied Flax Shock Against Fence Post

A couple of days ago I harvested the flax that I planted in the early spring. This year’s flax crop did very well because we’ve had plenty of rain. Lots of moisture is of benefit when growing flax. But rain is also a benefit to unwanted garden weeds. The flax plot this year was very…

Home Grown Flax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

Home Grown Fax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

A few of the plants in the small plot of flax that I sowed in the early spring are just beginning to show blue. I think full bloom is probably still a week or 10 days away. We’ve had perfect weather this spring for growing flax but the plot isn’t as thick I had hoped…

A Small Plot Of Flax For Home Grown Linen

A Small Plot Sown In Flax

In spite of all the moving/not moving craziness, I managed to sow a small plot of flax for cloth . The variety that I planted this year is called “Marylin”. From first sowing the seed to harvest is about 100 days. I used a garden spreader to sow the flax seed instead of just broadcasting…

Swapping Out Chains For Texsolv Tie Ups On A Kessenich Loom

Swapping Out Toilet Chains For Texsolv Tie Ups

Way back in the 1950’s when Kessenich looms were first being produced, toilet chains teamed up with fishing lure swivels from the local hardware store in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin were used as tie ups to the loom treadles. I suppose it was a good idea at the time, but the chain tie ups on older Kessenich…