Linen has traditionally been the mainstay for clothing for the upper levels of society as well as for the working class. And Irish linen has a longstanding reputation of quality. This anonymous linen worker will spellbind the patrons of your historic (or not-so-historic) event as he turns ordinary-looking flax straw into very serviceable linen products.
The audience will learn what to do with a hackle, a scutching knife, a rippling comb, a reel, and the warp and weft. He will also delight the lover of words with his explanations of such expressions as to heckle, raising a dog's hackles, a tow rope, a tow-headed child, the flaxen-haired maiden, a spinster, and a web .
The personable linen worker will relate to children and adults, male and female, as he spins and weaves a tale of everyday life in an era long past. Life might have been simpler, but it certainly wasn't easier. Nor cleaner! This program creates a bit of a mess (easily swept up afterwards) due to bits of dried straw being scattered about in the process of changing straw into gold !