So I got all excited a couple of weeks ago when I could actually see the linen. Since then the flax has been drying out, which is needs to do before the next stage. The next stage involves bashing the flax around so you break up the straw and further release the linen from its fibrous cage.
When I tried a wee sample, I started to wonder if I took the flax out of the retting water too soon. The straw did break, but it didn’t really “release” the linen. So, I have a small bundle of flax back in the water to further ret and see if that makes any difference.
Will keep you posted.