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after which it was thrown into a bog hole for some twenty -one days at least.Then it was left under the sun to dry before it was put up in a loft over the fire to season for about six weeks.After this it was taken down and cut into smaller sheaves and then it was beaten with a mallet or wooden hammer so as to take all the strong fibres out of it and to toughen the stalk.It was left aside again for three weeks and then it was scutched .A scutch was something like a knife ,the front was very sharp like a knife and in the back there was a handle about two or two and a half inches thick.The kitchen table was knocked down sideways on its edge and the flax was left on it to be scutched and the scutching made it very fine and flexible.If they wanted to make very very fine cloth such as tablecloths or shirting they scutched it twice.Then it was hackled .The hackler was a frame of timber with iron bars through it and the flax was drawn through them.Afterwards it was plaited into hanks and left again for half a year. Then it got another slight scutching before it was spun in the linen wheel.There was something at the top of the wheel called "Ceann an chapaill Mhóir "and the thread was wound on it.(leanann ar an chéad leathanach eile)Tras-scríofa ag duine dár meitheal tras-scríbhneoirí deonacha.
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