Maximum 54 points
Nobody liked my flax, because it isn't "scoured." I looked at a lot of sources, I don't recall Fannin mentioning it and there was not even a suggestion from Alden Amos, a man who knows flax. I searched online and found one reference to another competition that said linen yarns should have the twist set but nothing more. My own experiments showed that even just gentle washing destroys the prized smooth, hard surface of the yarn. Gwen Powell, another successful COE applicant, washed hers but did not boil. I have read about people who do, but that's about it. My research from historic textiles shows that most processing was done after the fabric was constructed, not in the yarn. I see references to laundering fabric in stale urine and whitening it by laying it out in the sun, but always fabric. Hardly anybody spins flax by hand anymore, so there aren't a lot of people talking about their techniques.
Both said it was nice spinning, but I still lost a lot of points on all of these.