A list of resources that I have used and that may be useful to anyone else looking to do a similar project. I’ll update this list as I find new resources!
“Linen: From Flax Seed to Woven Cloth” by Linda Heinrich (2010) ISBN: 9780764334665
“Flax Culture; from flower to fabric” by Mavis Atton of Ontario (1988) ISBN: 9780921773061
“How to Weave Linen” by Edward F. Worst (1926)
“The Book of the Farm, Volume 2” by Henry Stephens (1844)
“Linen. Handspinning and Weaving” by Patricia Baines (1989) ISBN: 9780934026529
“Flax and Hemp: Their Culture and Manipulation” by Edmund Saul Dixon (1854)
This link takes you to a website called ‘Interweave’, where you can download a free ebook that contains a series of articles on linen flax – growing, processing, spinning it.
In a previous blog entry, I linked to a series of silent, black-and-white videos on Youtube that depict a peasant family in Northern Italy processing flax in 1963.
Another video, this time depicting the weaving process. Black-and-white and silent, and filmed in 1964 in the same area of Northern Italy as in the previous set of videos.
A group at the Ribe Viking Centre in Denmark undertook a project to make a replica of the Viborg shirt (which was found during excavations of an 11th century settlement). This is their report, available in full on Academia.
Tangential, but this link is to a Youtube video of a group of Romanian peasants demonstrating their methods of processing hemp into fibre and clothes. Having read about the discovery that the Vikings used both hemp and linen flax to make fabric textiles – perhaps I need to add hemp to my list of things I would like to try my hand at growing/processing?