Linsey woolsey, lincey or linsey

Flax drying for linen fibre

Linen warp and woollen weft threads

Linsey-woolsey (also called linsey and lincey) is a fabric made with linen warp and woolen weft threads. It was made between 16th to 19th centuries in England and America.  The wool gave the warmth to the fabric. It was popular with the poor. Primarily it was used for clothing including women’s dresses, various undergarments and bed hangings.

Bible forbids Wool and linen mix

Interestingly the Bible forbids this sort of fabric. Deuteronomy 22, Sundry laws, 11: “You shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.”

Linseed: flax and its other names

Field of ripe linseed and seedheads

Linum usitatissimum

Linseed, traditional bronze linseeds
Linseed, traditional bronze linseeds

Linseed was one of the first plants cultivated by man probably around 10,000 years ago and has been widely grown throughout the temperate zones. Consequently if has developed a lot of different names.

Its scientific name is Linum usitatissimum, meaning “the most useful linum” referring to its uses from food, medicine, beauty products, Continue reading