23 December 2018

A Family Yarn

When thinking about the manufacture of textiles, do you also think of yarn?

When thinking of sewing, do you also think of thread?

Linen is made from flax

Damask linen is made on a Jacquard loom.

Do you know much about the history of Irish linen?

Do you own any Irish linen?

Have you been to the Irish Linen Centre in Lisburn?

Have you ever lived in a model village associated with the production of a particular product? 

Were any of your ancestors involved in the production of Irish linen?

Have you ever seen inside a linen factory?

Are you currently involved in the production of Irish linen?

Are you acquainted with the facts about flax?

Do you know the meaning of tow?

Do you know much about the terms used in the production of linen?

The decline of the Irish linen industry began in the 1880s.

Are you familiar with the rise, peak, decline and fall of the Irish linen industry, and the remaining quality its products today?

Do you know much about the history of clothing and textiles?

Do you wear linen?

My Antrim great-grandfather described his occupation as yarn dressing.  He would have spent much of his scutching flax and heckling or hackling it.

Other people would have spent much of their working life sizing the warp in preparation for the weaving of linen.

Sizing occurs to stop the warp thread from breaking during weaving.  The process can be achieved with textile sizing machine.

After the fabric was woven, a process of desizing would occur.  In other words, the cloth would be washed.

Do you now much about textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution?

My Belgian ancestors were also associated with textile industries.  Some of them were weavers near Antwerp.  I am unaware of the type of yarn they used.

Here are a few of my earlier notes on family yarns:

January 2009
Finding Great Grandparents

May 2009
Objects or Subjects - You and Your Ancestors Observed

July 2009
Working Families and Genealogical Studies
December 2014
Consanguinity, Affinity, Privacy and Peace

November 2017
Ulster Mysteries and Discoveries

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