Unit 1 - How is linen made?
How is linen made from flax?
Watch the following video clips that show the processes used to produce linen today and in the past.
- BBC Primary Focus: Linen - How linen is made[Extracts of Wee Blue Blossum courtesy of The Irish Linen Centre]
- BBC Primary Focus: Linen -Linen Production [Extracts of Wee Blue Blossum courtesy of The Irish Linen Centre]
- BBC Primary Focus: Linen - Bleaching & Dyeing [Extracts of Wee Blue Blossum courtesy of The Irish Linen Centre]
Split pupils into groups. Give each group a flip chart sheet or a large piece of paper with a different question related to the process of linen production? The following are suggestions:
- What methods were used to harvest flax in the past?
- What methods are used to harvest flax nowadays?
- What is the process of pulling so important when harvesting flax?
- How is water used in the production process?
- What are the main stages in the production of linen from flax?
- What kinds of machinery are used to produce linen?
Pupils write down their answers and after a given time period the group changes places and move onto the next question. Each group writes their answer with a different coloured pen. Display the sheets and discuss the contributions.
Pupils can demonstrate what they have learned about flax by creating an illustration about flax and/or linen which could be printed on a linen tea towel.