Follow the saga of this remarkable fiber from seed to woven fabric. Learn about past and present day methods of flax cultivation, processing, and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth. 233 color photos and 156 black and white photos and drawings reveal the characteristics of linen and emphasize its practical use.
An inspirational chapter includes handwoven linen projects and works of art designed by Canadian, American, Finnish and Swedish weavers and artists. Throughout you will enjoy folklore and historical information, including the use of linen by the ancient Egyptians, a history of Irish linen, and linean's status in today's world of fiber and fashion. The story of linen is timeless and fascinating.