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Pillows and Furniture
A great way to use the linen is to upholster small chairs or stools, to breath fresh life
into otherwise tired and worn furnishings and accent them with your own
Curtains and Blinds
The linen makes stunning
Roman blinds! The mangle
cloths can also be used to
make pillows, curtains,
shower curtains (use with a
plastic liner) and tablecloths
as well as for patchwork. I
have made them into curtains
in my living, dining and
guest rooms, and they look
Samplers are a way to express our personal histories.
The beauty of this linen underscores the messages we
try to convey by providing a tactile link with the past.
Books and Boxes
The French call this craft, to
enhance boxes, journals and
small trunks by covering them
with lovely fabric, Cartonage.
Beautifying everyday objects
brings us renewed pleasure
every time we use them and
makes our tasks more
Part of the excitement of working with old linen comes from thinking of ways in which we can integrate it into our modern
lives. This list and the pictures below are by no means exhaustive - they are just a few suggestions to give expression to your
own creative ideas. I hope you will enjoy working with this linen as much as I do!
Gifts and Projects
Use the linen to create sachets, pincushions, small pillows, other
objects or special gifts for close friends and family. Finer linen is
perfect to cover picture mats. The more evenly woven linen
provides a beautiful background for cross-stitch projects. Some of
my customers have created lovely linen bags, embroidered with
their monograms, for true French country chic.
The linen makes great backdrops for seasonal presentations in your home. My friend
made this beautiful Créche exhibit using the linen as the base for her display.
Yardage, Grain Sacks, Runners and Pillows
This linen is so easy to take care of! Even after many washes, the texture of the linen only improves and gets softer with use. I
wash most of the linen just after it arrives. Only a few of the plain fabrics are left unwashed in order to preserve their unique
texture. For cleaning, just toss it into the washer with the temperature on either warm or hot and voila – your linen will be as
beautiful or even more so then before. I use regular detergent and add a little Oxy Clean. If you wish to soften the linen, just
soak it with some Epson Salt diluted in water for three days and then wash on regular cycle.
Though I have tumble-dried many pieces and they came out beautiful and soft, I recommend that you air-dry the linen.
Depending on the particular linen, tumble-drying may cause wrinkles in the fabric that can be difficult to iron out. After
washing, I smooth the fabric with my hands before letting it dry. If desired, just steam-iron the linen on the backside. Pillows
can be washed and dried in the same fashion.
Many of my mangle cloths come with their original waxy, protective finish. Some of my customers like this, because it allows
them to wipe off spills easily. Washing will eliminate the waxy finish from mangle cloths. If your mangle cloth has never been
washed, it may shrink in length and width by a few centimeters with the first washing. Mangle cloths can be machine washed
in warm water and on low spin. Tumble dry. Remove while still damp, and steam-iron. They turn out beautifully!