As a living history demonstrator, I found that children shared my fascination with spinning the plant and animal fibers together. The children loved touching the two raw fibers and feeling the differences in texture. They thought that the linen looked like human hair or horse hair and had a hard time believing that it came from the inside of a plant.
Colonial American quilts were typically backed with linsey-woolsey fabric. Many textile historians believe that "the linen and woolen quilts which we see today survived because the cloth was stronger than other weaves in use at the same time. " Dian Crayne Patches from the Past: Scraps of Fabric, Sewing & Quilting History
"I have a vivid recollection of the linsey-woolsey dress given to me every winter by Mrs. Flint. How I hated it! It was one of the badges of slavery." Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Autobiography by Harriet Jacobs