Saturday, October 20, 2018

Homegrown Linen: transforming flaxseed into fibre

Imagine the joy of hot buns wrapped in a linen cloth served with fresh butter on a table surrounded by friends and goblets of red wine.

Now imagine the comfort of flaxseed sprinkled on your morning oats.  

What do these two scenes have in common?  That's right, they come from your garden.  Flax, the very same plant that gives us flaxseed, also makes linen cloth.  Easier to grow than tomatoes, less work than carrots, and more versatile than eggplant.  

Flax gives us two harvests from one plant.  The seeds and the cloth - and yes, you can get both from the same harvest no matter what They tell you.  How do I know this?  Because I've been obsessing about flax for years and decided to find out what is really possible and what bits of advice are just superstition.

Spoiler alert: most of it is superstition.  

Flax is way more versatile than it looks.  You can get cloth from seed flax and you can get delicious seed from fibre flax.  

So now you know what I've been up to all these months.  A crazy adventure writing and creating a book.  

There are a few days left on my Kickstarter where you can pre-order the book Homegrown Linen: transforming flaxseed into fibre at a discount.  

We are hoping to have it available in stores in February.

If you want to order a book or carry the book in your store, you can find me at:

Crowing Hen Farm