Linen (technically speaking) is the spun yarn made from flax, and it can’t be called linen until it’s spun.
Diehard flax spinners often work with “strick”, which is very long entire fibres that have been taken from the plant by “retting” — essentially allowing nature to rot off the parts of the plant we don’t want and leaving behind only the strong stem or “bast” fibres. Strick can be 3 feet or so in length and is usually held on a pole attached to the spinning wheel, called a distaff.

We offer flax that has been cut to shorter lengths and combed into top, an easier preparation for the beginner to work with. Flax top may be either dry or wet-spun and no distaff is needed since it’s already in a well-prepared form.

We’re thrilled to have found a wonderful supplier of already-dyed flax top. If you’re interesting in dyeing your own you need to know that flax is a plant or cellulose fibre so dyers must use fibre reactive dyes. Natural dyers must resort to techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. Flax also responds very well to an indigo vat.

When blended with protein (animal) fibres, acid dyes will leave the flax alone during dyeing, which will let you create some wonderful streaky or heathered effects, depending on how well the fibres are blended.

Flax Top – Bleached
Flax Top – Bleached
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Very clean combed top in a fairly narrow sliver, bleached to a bright ivory white. Staple length is 5 to 6 inches. This may be a good choice for those curious to try spinning flax for the first time. Our supplier suggests it can be either dry or wet-spun and no distaff is needed since it's already in a well-prepared form. It feels pretty soft for flax. Anybody up for the challenge? The various dyed colourways we carry begin with bleached flax, since it provides a good white base that won't lend the brown or tan tones that natural flax would give. Since this is a plant or cellulose fibre dyers must use fibre reactive dyes. Natural dyers must resort to techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. Flax strikes just fine in an indigo vat. That being said, when blended with protein fibres, acid dyes will leave the flax alone during dyeing, which makes for some wonderful streaky or heathered effects, depending on how well the fibres are blended. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Chocolate
Flax Top – Chocolate
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Rich dark-chocolate brown. PRODUCT of ITALY
$5.50$22.47 Select options
Flax Top – Cloud
Flax Top – Cloud
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Absolutely fantastic, shimmering soft grey. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Darkness
Flax Top – Darkness
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Deep, true black. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Dream
Flax Top – Dream
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Medium sapphire blue. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Fire
Flax Top – Fire
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Rich and deep red that doesn't lean towards orange. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Natural Brown
Flax Top – Natural Brown
100% Flax Natural coloured (not bleached) flax top which we get from Italy but it probably originates somewhere in Eastern Europe. Staple length about 5 to 6 inches, and a nice fine-quality fibre. This is the same flax we offer as dyed colourways, before it's been bleached and then dyed. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Olive
Flax Top – Olive
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Lovely medium-dark olive green. PRODUCT of ITALY
$5.50$22.47 Select options
Flax Top – Onion
Flax Top – Onion
100% Flax (linen) fibre. An interesting muted purple, very much like the colour of red onion skins. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Paint Box
Flax Top – Paint Box
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Assorted colours, including Natural Brown or Bleached. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Rust
Flax Top – Rust
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Rich and glowing rusty orange-brown. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Saffron
Flax Top – Saffron
100% Flax (linen) fibre. A lovely golden amber. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Sage
Flax Top – Sage
100% Flax (linen) fibre. A pastel sage green that's easy to get along with. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Soft Fruit
Flax Top – Soft Fruit
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Rich plum-wine, almost a bright burgundy. A solid tone, despite our bad photo. Staple length is about 4 inches. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Storm
Flax Top – Storm
100% Flax (linen) fibre. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Sun
Flax Top – Sun
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Dramtic, bright and punchy yellow leaning towards the acid end of the spectrum. PRODUCT of ITALY
$5.50$22.47 Select options
Flax Top – Sunrise
Flax Top – Sunrise
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Soft powder blue. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Flax Top – Theatre
Flax Top – Theatre
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Very dramatic and vibrant royalty purple. A solid tone, despite our bad photo. Staple length is about 4 inches. PRODUCT of ITALY
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