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Linen Harvest from BBC Archive


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This morning, to start your week off on an entertaining note, I thought I’d share a short, vintage video about the making of linen.

The video is from BBC Archive on Facebook, but you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch the video.

If you’re a linen lover, a textile enthusiast, or if you like vintage cinema and the like, you might find this video as entertaining as I do!

The Linen Harvest from BBC Archive

The Linen Harvest is a short newsreel by the BBC, from 1951. It focuses on flax and linen production in the UK, where the linen industry flourished at the time.

I’ve shared linen production videos in the past – like this movie, Be Linen – but this is the first “vintage” video that I’ve seen that focuses on production in the UK.

The newsreel quality of the video makes it fun to watch!

Short and sweet today, I know – I’m embroiled in technical matters right now – but I hope you enjoy the video! We’ll catch up a little more on Wednesday!


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  1. I’m taking this moment to thank you Mary for your beautiful work and your love for embroidery and also for the encouragement you give people. I have done cross stitch work but always wanted to embroider. I’m afraid to start out of fear that my work will not be “good” or beautiful like your work. After reading through quite a few articles on this website I am taking the plunge. The articles that helped the most were the Stitch Fun articles and the deciding ones were about keeping a Doodle Cloth.
    Yes, that what I will do – doodle with cloth, needle and embroidery thread. Thank you, thank you.
    Judy Kocsis

  2. I love that. I’ve only seen flax processed in a living history farm – all by hand. This was fascinating. Thanks o much for sharing.

  3. Thank you for sharing this resource Mary, I have just got around to watching this reel and it’s absolutely fascinating to see the continuation of such an ancient process through into the 1940’s.

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