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Spinning with flax is different to any other spinning as one uses a 'long line' as opposed to the shorter fibres like wool, alpaca etc.

Spinning flax can be done with a drop spindle or a spinning wheel - a traditional wheel can be used for flax too.

Because it is a long fibre it is wrapped around a cone shape, known as a distaff. Once on the distaff, the flax is best spun straight away as it will tend to almost harden rather than remaining soft.

The flax is drawn down either using a drop spindle or wheel and is spun in an anti-clockwise direction as opposed to the clockwise direction for wool. Naturally, when plying the reverse direction will be used.


Copyright flaxland 2009 / updated March 2020