Flax stricks (pictured above left and right), approximately 1/4 pound, completely machine processed,  $12 each.

Flax stricks, approximately 1/4 pound, machine scutched but hand combed for a more traditional look, $12 each.

Mini-strick, $2, a small flax souvenir made just like the full-sized ones but with less fiber.

Green, unretted straw with seed pods. Perfect for exhibits. Sold by the bundle and tied with traditional flax knot, $3 per bundle

Water-retted flax straw, traditional golden blond color,  $6 per pound.

Tow fiber, quarter pound: $7; half pound, $12; full pound, $20.

Flax seed, Marilyn variety, fiber flax: $9 per pound, $5 half pound, $3 quarter pound.

“Flax and Wool,” a 25-page booklet depicting in woodcuts (by Christian) and text (by Johannes), the Colonial processes for producing cloth from fiber and fleece.  Written on a fourth-grade level. The last page has samples of flax and wool at various stages. $8.

Educational Kit, a complete assortment of flax at every stage of production, including flax seed, green flax straw, water-retted flax straw, plus broken, scutched and combed flax fibers, a mini-strick, tow, spun linen yarn, a swatch of machine-woven linen cloth and a piece of linsey-woolsey tape. Perfect for schools, historic societies and museums. $25.

Shipping is extra and typically adds 10 to 20 percent to the total amount. Small items like stricks, tow and seed are sent in flat-rate USPS Priority boxes. Flax straw is shipped via USPS Standard. All come with tracking numbers which can be followed at USPS.com by typing the tracking number into the search line. For a shipping quote and to order, email: BroJoh@Yahoo.com or call 570-425-2548. Payment may be made by sending a check or money order made payable to: The Hermitage, 75 Grove Rd., Pitman, PA   17964.

Marvelous Inventions - 30,000 Years of Flax Spinning is an eleven-part two-DVD set showing the entire evolution of spinning,, complete with twisting fibers with the hand on the thigh, using the hand and drop spindles, Sleeping Beauty’s wheel (without treadle or flyer) and spinning with the single flyer and double flyer wheels How to dress distaffs and performances of spinning songs and hymns are also included. $14.99 including postage.

 

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Marc van de Bilt, the developer of the Marilyn flax variety, and his daughter Eugenie at their company headquarters in The Netherlands. He said he wanted a flax plant as beautiful as Marilyn Monroe.

Flax tow is sold in quarter, half and pound sizes.

Our flax stricks are made from straw raised on land reclaimed from the sea. The soil actually contains small sea shells. The quality of the fiber is far superior to what we produce using hand methods from Colonial times at the Hermitage.

It is a humbling experience to watch machinery do in minutes what takes us weeks to do by hand. Our completely machine-produced stricks come from the endless stream of flax produced by the combing machine on the right. Machine combing shortens the flax fiber by several inches.

Below, these beautiful new Kromski spinning wheels are made in Poland.

Kromski Spinning Wheels

For more information, contact

The Woolery

 239 West Main Street

Frankfort, KY 40601

502-352-9800

 

flax kit

The education kit showing all 11 items.

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