Flax, commonly known as linseed, is grown for its food and fibre properties. You may also be very familiar with the term for flax made fabric; Linen. Linen is one of the oldest textiles known to man and is thousands of years old.
Flax is a cellulose fibre that is moisture absorbent, with no allergenic properties and is strong, in fact two to three times stronger than cotton. This makes it one of the strongest natural fibres known.
Flax is a bast fibre which means it comes from the stem of the plant and can vary in length from 10 to 100cm. Like many other natural plant based fibres, it softens with continued use.
I love the natural, rustic look and feel that flax fabric and its yarn provides.
Spinning Flax requires little twist and low tension. If you are finding it too rustic you can try wetting your fingers for a smoother finish.
Flax is a vegan frindly fibre and is available in 50g and 100g.
The dyes used are commercial acid dyes which conform with Oeko-Tex 100 quality system.
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