The flax is retted so the next part is to air dry it in the breeze and sun by stooking it up and leaving it like this to dry out for around half a day.

Unless you have left your flax until quite late in the season so the seed bolls have matured (in which case you may wish to save the seed), this is a good time to 'ripple' the flax to remove the seed heads - either collect them up or dispose of them.

At this stage, the flax is nice and dry and can be stored in a dry shed or similar until you wish to use it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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