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Monthly blog - September, 2015

Posted on by Rhea Hamlin

Happy Belated Autumnal Equinox!

I have been busy in the flax field harvesting, drying, and retting this year
's crop. 
 
In August, I experimented with some flax from 2014 that had not retted 
long enough--I retted one-pound bundles of flax for varying lengths 
of time and noted any changes in colour and processing time. I 
also conducted some market research to identify yarn shops located in 
the Maritime provinces that carry linen yarns. 
 
Recently, Patricia visited Belgium for a week to talk to professionals 
in the flax industry.She had a wonderful time and blogged about her 
visit in the Facebook group: Flax Learning Tour 2015. 
 
The rippling machine testing is ongoing and yielding positive results. 
The challenge now is finding a cost-effective way to crush and clean 
the seeds. Construction has started on our second piece of 
equipment--the breaker--and the designs are finished for the third 
piece--the scutcher. Construction on the scutcher will begin when the 
prototype breaker goes into the testing phase. 
 
Have a safe and happy October!

 


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