Spring has put me into giveaway mood, and today I’ll be sharing my love of vintage and antique kitchen linens.
One of the easiest things to collect, or should I say ‘hoard’ in my case, around here, is antique household linens. I have cupboards and armoires bursting at the seams. I pick them up at our country fairs, sometimes just one or two pieces at a time, on occasions I find trunk loads. Of course I never need that extra set of six dishcloths, or that beautiful old grainsack, but they just call out to me, begging to come home and be loved.
I don’t mind their imperfections, I don’t even mind a tiny, perfectly darned hole. I am simply drawn to the quality of the fabric and in awe of the time that someone has spent hemming and embroidering a humble napkin or dishcloth.
The French collect linens too. The best families would have had their own resident seamstress, with excellent eyesight and immeasurable patience, embroidering, monogramming and sewing exquisite garments and linens. Those families pass the linens down through the generations until they come into the possession of a dissident great grandchild who really doesn’t get their beauty and the textiles end up given away, sold or sometimes even binned…. Yes, I know, it’s painful …
One of my biggest thrills is if I come across a whole armoire of linens at an antique dealer, piles of mismatched sheets and bundles of napkins and tablecloths. When I found this armoire while out with a friend, it took me over an hour to go through the shelves, sorting and putting the most interesting pieces to one side.
I loved the neat packets of matching cloths, carefully labelled, many who had never been used. Embroidered, counted, wrapped and stored for another day … a day that never came.
So to be sure of not repeating the same hoarder’s mistake of letting linens age quietly alone behind locked doors, I make a point of using mine everyday. The red striped dishcloths in my kitchen; the soft linen grain sacks for cushions and old embroidered tablecloths in my dining room
So today I would like one of my readers to enjoy the luxury of vintage cloths in her kitchen; I am running a giveaway, on instagram. The winner will be drawn next Friday. To take part in the giveaway, simply pop over to my instagram page. Click on ‘follow’, and leave me a comment about the linens.
The winner will win these three vintage dishcloths, never used, one of which has a tiny monogrammed ribbon in a corner. And if you share the giveaway on instagram, be sure to come back and tell me so you get a second chance to win. And if by any chance you don’t have an instagram account yet, then this could be the right moment to sign up!