> 4a. Linen
> "Bobbie Kalben" bkalben@... bobbie88820022002 wrote:
> Date: Thu Apr 7, 2011 1:27 pm ((PDT))
> So how can we distinguish linen fabric made from real linen
> thread (spun from long-fiber flax strick), from linen fabric
> made from short, fake-cotton fibers? Can I just pull
> out a thread, unravel it and see how long the fibers
Yes, exactly. That's the fastest way to check, and I use it all the time.
> How long are (the fibers in) real linen thread, spun from
> long-fiber flax strick?
Depending on the quality, up to three feet long!
> Also, where can we buy linen fabric made from real linen
> thread, spun from long-fiber flax strick? I assume
> that the linen fabrics sold by www.fabrics-store.com are
> made from short, fake-cotton fibers – is this correct?
Not always, but mostly. Fashionfabricsclub.com often has long-fiber (also sometimes called line flax, and occasionally "wet-spun" linen) because it's popular with famous fashion designers. You have to play vulture there, hanging around waiting for prices to dive, but they do have decent sales- and the bolt prices are enough lower that getting up a club is worth it.
I recommend asking online dealers if they're selling line, tow, or top (chopped) linen. If they don't know, order the smallest amount they permit and unravel it.
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