Houseman was a flax-dresser.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
She was the patron saint of flax spinners, nurses, vellum-dressers, and of bleachers of wool.
"Joan of Arc" by Lucy Foster Madison
The employer of the flax-dressers would, in selling his flax, require an additional five per cent.
"An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith