Before we get hip-deep in linens, I just want to say a huge thank you for all of the kind comments left on yesterday’s post. I’ve been struggling a bit with writers-block and, quite honestly, being in a bit of a funk, and those comments unclogged the cork! Seriously! I know I sometimes get stuck in my own head and getting a glimpse of how this work can and does impact and encourage others is like a stimulant for my creative soul.
Thanks for the pick-me-up.
So, I received an order of linens late last week and was in nubby, antique, blue & white linen heaven as they were unpacked. Kriste organized all of them in stacks and rolls on our work tables and I had to leave the work at my desk and venture over to pet them.
I order them from a supplier in Europe that I’ve worked with for a few years, so I don’t get to actually see and feel them before I buy them. And pictures rarely do them justice. If you’re a linen-lover like me, you know how a certain weave and texture can get your heart racing. It’s hard to appreciate those nuances in a picture, but I’ve learned over the years that my supplier knows what I like and I’m always happy with what I order “sight unseen”.
These monogrammed tea towels immediately stood out to me. (I’ll have to share that cross-stitch pattern, because it’s lovely!)
And I also got several grain sacks…
…stacks and stacks of tea towels and tablecloths…
…and the rolls. Oh, my friends, the rolls. Does anyone else think rolls of linen are just gorgeous?
I told Kriste that I just want to sit them in a basket or shelf in my house just for the pure enjoyment of it. I think these are better put to use in projects, though, and having rolls of linen that are strictly decorative would be a bit of a waste.
Kriste said she just wanted to roll up in a particularly pretty piece like a burrito. That might be a waste as well, but it’s debatable.
So, I think we’ll do something a little different at Lucketts this year and we’ll have a cutting counter where shoppers can buy antique linen by the yard. That way, if someone wants a long roll, they can buy that, and if they just want a small piece for a project, they can have it cut to size.
But, of course, I might have to keep some for myself! This windowpane fabric is currently the front-runner…