I love vintage linens.
I have an obsession with them I think.
These are just a few I've collected over the years. Once upon a time they would sit neatly inside this plastic tub, but now they spill over and find themselves stored in all sorts of hidden nooks and crannies...
I enjoy finding uses for them.
Some have been been revived in baby quilts made for friends. Both the blue and the yellow quilts below were made in 2008 so I only have a few photos and they're not the best - however you can see the use of vintage linens among the patchwork, applique and embroidery....
The quilt below is one I made last year but it's been hidden away by Blossom for 'one day'. She's not letting me give it away to anyone but her...
It's quite nourishing and comforting to the soul when using aged linens by unknown hands to create something new - to know that their handwork is once again 'on display'. It carries forward a gentle promotion of their skills, often times with appreciation and awe!
A few years back I shared THIS tutorial for making little journal covers and soap sachets from embroidered linens. They are so easy and perfect for gift giving at this time of the year...
As I gently folded a small pile of white doilies the other day I thought how lovely it would be to use one as the background for a new design which will feature in December's Stitchery Club set.
Isn't it sweet with the blue floral 30's fabric?
The new design has been traced onto the centre of my pretty doily, and the threads are waiting for me to bring this project to life.
A stitchy theme seemed 'just right'...
I thought you may like some more ideas for using vintage linens?
Here are some that made my jaw drop they are so beautiful!
Found on Pinterest...
Is it time you made a cup of tea and sat with your vintage linens for inspiration?
2022 UPDATE - need more ideas?
Have a look at these projects I've made!
A second version with crochet edging!
What about using vintage embroidery linens (especially if they have some damage) for the centre of patchwork blocks?
Need even more ideas for using Vintage Linens?
Have a scroll through THIS more recent blog post of mine!
Bless you heaps,
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