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Marking Time 6.27.14


"Blue were her eyes as the fairy-flax…" –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



This is Year Four of my Flax Project. It all started because I want to have a more sustainable wardrobe. Since I have sheep for wool, it made sense to plant a summer fiber. Living in Central New York is probably not the best climate for growing cotton--but flax, yes!

Marking Time 9.11.13



"No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you." –Anonymous



I spent three days in the flax, pulling and bundling, but the allergies were really getting me down. Time is of the essence with the harvest.

Marking Time 9.5.13


"Lay me down in sheets of linen / You had a busy day today." –Elton John



Flax Project Year Three:  The flax is ready!



The quality of the flax depends on the harvest. Waiting too long will make a coarser fiber; harvesting too soon makes a weak fiber. For the last week, I have been checking the flax everyday.

Marking Time 7.2.13


"I love the smell of dirt and plant revealing their hidden nature." –Jeb Dickerson



The flax is up and ready for some weeding.

The seeds were sown densely to prevent the stalks from branching.


Marking Time 6.18.13


"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble." –Ralph Waldo Emerson


Getting my coat soiled and torn in the flax garden.

Marking Time 4.2.13

"And she had lucky eyes and a high heart,
And wisdome that caught fire like the dried flax,…
—William Butler Yeats


I'm going into Year Three of my Flax Project, and getting excited about growing flax again this year. My seed arrived last week.

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