Patience is Virtuous!
And quite successful. Although it took a full two weeks, the flax is retted!
Here is the final view of the nasty, smelly pool just before I took out the flax to test it:
The next step is to let it dry. Then it's ready for further processing (braking, scutching, and hackling) into spinnable fiber!
I'm sure that those of you who want to try this for yourself would appreciate a peek at what a retted flax stalk should look like, so here's a video in which I've rubbed and broken a stalk to show how the retting breaks down the outer casing of the flax to reveal the fiber threads beneath:
I still need to update you on the ongoing progress with my ASI Teaching Tools Grant. Next post, I promise!