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Hackling pins for combing flax

Artist Unknown1850

Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
Lisburn, United Kingdom

After scutching (the process of breaking the long, dry flax plant down and separating the fibrous part of the plant from the stems (or shoves)), the flax was hackled. Using a hackling comb, the long pins were brushed through the flax, removing any short fibres. The long, smooth flax, known as line flax, was ready to spin into yarn. The excess material was known as tow, and could be used to produce rope and coarse linen goods.

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  • Title: Hackling pins for combing flax
  • Creator: Artist Unknown
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Type: Pin

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