Sunday, July 23, 2023

Research: Bibliography for the Growing and Processing of Flax

Compiled by Sophie MacDonald, Research Assistant and History/Museum Studies MA Candidate


Barker, Walter. “Flax: The Fiber and Seed. A Study in Agricultural Contrasts” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 31, No. 3 (May, 1917), pp. 500-529 


Boase, Norman. “FLAX. Cultivation, Preparation, Spinning, Weaving.” Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, Vol. 67, No. 3467 (May 2, 1919), pp. 369-382. Published by: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. 


Conner, Cindy. “Grow Flax for Linen in Your Garden.” Homeplace Earth: (February, 2017), Accessed 2/11/23. Grow Flax For Linen In Your Garden | Homeplace Earth 


Duke, James. “Linum Usitatissimum.” Purdue University: (1983), Accessed 2/11/23 LinumFlax & Linen Online usitatissimum

“From Flax to Linen,” Ulster Linen, Date Accessed 2/11/23. 

Hood, Adrienne “Chapter Title: Flax and Wool: Fiber Production and Processing,” The Weaver's Craft Book: Cloth, Commerce, and Industry in Early Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Press. (2003)

Joybilee Farm, “How to grow a shirt.” (2020) Accessed 2/11/23. How to grow a shirt and other revolutionary ideas - Joybilee® Farm | DIY | Herbs | Gardening | 


Manian, Avinash, et. al., “Extraction of Cellulose Fibers from Flax and Hemp: A Review,” Cellulose, (July 12, 2021).


Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, “Growing Flax.” Accessed 2/10/23 Growing Flax New England Flax and Linen, “Flax and Linen Online.” Accessed 2/10/23. Flax & Linen Online “Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission,” SaskFlax.


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Swenson, Ben, “Hemp & Flax in Colonial America,” Colonial Williamsburg Journal: (2015). Hemp & Flax in Colonial America | The Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site


Tibbits, Drew, “How to Grow Linum Usitatissimum,” Week&, (September 12, 2012), Accessed 3/1/23.


Tuner, A.J., “Flax Utilization,” Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, Vol. 95, No. 4748 (August 1, 1947), pp. 610-623. Published by: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. 


Zinzendorf, Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf, The Big Book of Flax. Atglen: Schiffer Publishing, 2011. 


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“18th-Century Flax Demonstration,” Williamsburg: Jamestown - York Foundation Museums, Accessed 6/8/23.


Ahman, Torbjorn, “Building a Flax Break: Growing 1 m2 of FLAX Part 2.” Youtube, Sept. 15 2022, 


Borden, Martin, “Some Things I’ve Built - Part One.” Jan. 7 2015.


Conner, Cindy, “Flax Break.” Homeplace Earth, July 25 2017. 


Waltin, Josefin, “Flax Break and Scutching Knives.” July 18, 2020.


Woolgatherers, “Flax Processing Tools for Spinners,” (2012), Accessed 6/3/23. 

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