It's no secret we love our linen; we've talked about it quite a bit before. As one of the fibers we work with that holds up the best over time, it also has a surprising number of natural qualities that range from health benefits to healing benefits.
Let's talk Flax
Flax, the fiber linen is made from, is one of the most natural and uncontaminated fiber crops available. It is planted as a dense crop where the stalks grow and support each other until beautiful periwinkle flowers bloom. Not only does this hardy fiber need nothing in terms of chemicals to encourage and protect its growth, but it returns nutrients to the ground as well. When the seeds have ripened the stalks are pulled from the earth, the flax is laid in rows to start the natural process of retting (soaking in water to soften and separate the fibers).
The shive covering the flax stalks breaks down in the natural elements of the air and morning dew. At this stage, the fiber is garnered into the mill for the processes of scutching, hackling and wet spinning. The yarn created has been known for centuries as the Noble Fiber: Linen.
From Flax to Linen Blankets
We have woven our Linen Blankets from dew-retted wet spun line fiber yarn of our own design. These yarns have absolutely no chemical additives and by hackling the fiber, most of the short fiber has been removed to give the remainder a silky, high luster. The natural yarn color will change from season to season just like the weather that helped the plant to grow.