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Scutching is a process used to remove the last of the shive remaining and to start separating the fibres out - at this stage, although it doesn't always look like it, the fibres are in clumps of several strands held together by the remaining pectins.

Scutching is beating the fibre down the length of it. This process adds a lovely lustre to the fibre and softens it up.

Once the flax is looking good and straight and has softened up we go on to the next stage - hackling.