At the end of a lot of hand picking and an experiment with hand cards, with more chaff spreading around the place at every stage… I was left with this: some longer fibres and some tow, still with quite a bit of chaff attached.
I decided to try spinning despite this falling quite a way short of optimal preparation. Yes, this is the total amount of fibre! Yes, I have spun flax before (and it looks like yarn–do I sound defensive?). And yes, when I found that last bit of fibre hiding in one of the many teatowels used in the process after I had taken the flax off the bobbin, I was annoyed.
Ah, the profound sense of achievement! I think I can manage to resist boiling this
string yarn in an alkaline solution and instead, I’ll go direct to vacuuming the chaff…