I think, unless I am mistaken this is my very first post about the flax projects unfolding this year.
We have had a plot growing since late April/Early May at Maclean Studio, as well as Caitlin ffrench growing a plot at the MOP garden, Penny has been leading the charge with her plot at a backyard garden, doing a tone of research, posting, and sourcing our equipment for future processing, there are also a few people in the community doing grow alongs and Penny is sending them regular updates on what to expect next. Caitlin and I have also started a project at Aberthau, in West Point Grey called Aberthau: flax=food+fibre… It seems my life is all about flax right now everywhere I look.
but what I really wanted to do just now is post these lovely photos- we harvested the Maclean crop last night, and I brought home some of the flax to dry on my balcony.
The plants are unbelievably lovely to touch, and I pet them as I pass by on my balcony; odd how the tactile quality of the linen is there in the plant right from the beginning.
I was struck this morning as I opened my curtains – an old linen embroidered table-cloth, that on the other side of the glass was the flax, soon to be linen. the curtain sets the bar high, a good example of what we are hoping for- but beyond my dreams as far as quality goes. When I found the 15ft by 7ft table-cloth in England last fall in a charity shop with rose and vine pettipoint, I was amazed at the quality of the workmanship, and how affordable it was – with not a wine stain in sight!
Now I am looking not just at the pettipoint, but the threads themselves and the secret they hold that I am hopeful to unravel.
More flax stories and photos will come, I promise!