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Hackling, or 'heckling' as it is also known, is the process of running the flax fibre through finer and finer combs in order to continue the fibre separation and to effectively 'lay' the flax straight.

We start off with a coarse comb and gradually work through to a very fine comb (a nit comb can be used at this stage).

It's a good idea to allow time between each of these processes in Phase 2. It gives the flax a chance to dry out a bit more so that it is easier to work the next element.

The flax can be stored at any of the stages after air stooking - once it's dry, and the longer it is left the better it gets.

Then it's ready for the next Phase - starting the spinning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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