Begin by rippling handfuls of flax straw to remove the seeds which you will save to plant the next year - for this you use a rippling comb which slides through the top of the flax removing the small seed balls.
Next you rett your flax - soaking it in water for 10-12 days in the hot sun to loosen the fibers inside the straw from the woody outer husk. This is usually done in a stream or swampy area and sometimes using morning dew.
After drying the flax you would grasp small bundles and use a flax brake - to begin breaking down the outer straw husk.
Then you use a scutching knife and board to further strip away the outer straw covering
In the last step you will draw the bundle of flax through a hackle (hetchel or hatchel) to remove any remaining straw and the shorter fibers or tow, this step also helps to straighten the fibers so you can then dress them on a distaff (an Anglo-saxon word meaning "flax stick") and now your clean dressed fibers are ready to spin.
Once spun we call flax - linen. Now it can be plied together to make it heavy enough to weave into cloth.