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« on: November 15, 2015, 05:20:30 pm »
Preparations of the raw materials, (retting, threshing, carding, ginning and reeling) can be done in the Barn, at the east end of Crafter's Alley. You don't even need any Textileworker skills to do those menial chores.

You’ll find instructions on what to do with the different materials on signs, utility and tools in the barn.

The SILK COCOONS should be boiled in the REELING PAN, which enables you to entangle and wind the silk thread onto a reel.

Just PUT 5 cocoons into the pan, then REEL. (You need to have trained the WEAVER skill to do this).

The COTTON BOLLS need to be freed from the husks and seeds, by a procedure known as GINNING. Since there is no ginning machine available in the Barn, you need to do the tedious work yourself.
Just PUT 10 bolls of cotton into the GINNING BASKET, then GIN.

The FLEECE needs to be CARDED to WOOL, using a CARDING COMB. You WIELD the comb, HOLD the Fleece and CARD.

The HEMP and FLAX needs to be THRESHED, using a FLAIL.

The FLAX needs to be first RETTED, before you can thresh it. PUT the stalks into the Retting Vat, and wait for the procedure to work. (It may take some time).

With both Hemp and Flax, you DROP the bundles of STALKS that you want to thresh on the FLOOR, then WIELD the flail and THRESH. (Don't mix the stalks, that might ruin the result).

After the threshing, the HEMP and FLAX STRANDS need to be COMBED to FIBERS, using the same CARDING COMB that you do for wool.

The SEEDS that remain after the preparations are not worthless; they can be pressed into organic oil. You'll need 5 handfuls of seeds to fill a bottle. Just PUT 5 handfuls of the same seeds, (flax, hemp or cotton), into the oil press and PRESS.

The oil can be TRADED to Weaponsmiths and General Stores. The rest product from the oil press, so called linseed cakes, can in turn be traded to farmers in the Oldwest as cattle fodder.

You can also SOW the seeds instead, by dropping them in an appropriate soil, to grow your own plants.