Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Airing Your Dirty Linen Decor

There's an old idiom, "One should not air their dirty linen in public." It means you shouldn't  have your private or personal problems discussed in public. But today I'm talking about the linen, the fabric. I adore it. I like white, but I REALLY like "dirty" linen...old...with character! It's great to craft with and decorate with. My first encounter with linen was in third grade. A special teacher who traveled around the schools, came in and taught our class how to pull threads on linen to make designs. Right then and there, I was smitten! Do you adore linen as much as I do? What do you own that's linen? Country Living; Natural Linen Napkins; Old Linen chair @ Country Living;  Linen Pulled and Tied Needlework; Linen bags and Stacked vintage linens.







28 comments:

It's me said...

Linenis a beautiful fabric !

I have linen pillows on the sofa here........i adore them !

It is pity for all the wrinkles when you have sit on them..........

Have a nice day too....hugs ria

Olivia and Me said...

Just look at that hemstitching!

Nice indeed. I've got an idea going in my pea head dear. Thanks for it.

Enjoy your linen!

with love,
Olivia

ps, stop by some time :)

Carolyn said...

I would love to own that sofa at the top and the stack of linens at the bottom!
Carolyn

Dianna said...

While I do enjoy linen (the look and feel), I'm afraid I don't own any. :( I wanted to thank you for stopping by yesterday and leaving your encouraging words!

Dog Trot Farm said...

After reading your blog I realized I only own two linen items, a cherished apron and a tan and off white linen throw that I repurposed as a tablecloth. Both made locally!

Andrea said...

You post the most beautiful posts! I love coming here. Your blog always brightens my day. It is fresh, bright, and cheerful.
Hugs, andrea

katie said...

love linen, I picked up one at a thrift store yesterday (white). Not the one I showed on my blog, I don't know what it is made out of, it is extremely thin.
Anyway another great blog subject today

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

For me it is just tablecloths and napkins, but I also have some lovely antique embroidered linen squares and circles that are so beautiful.
Best,
Stephanie

Paula said...

I adore linen...to decorate with or to wear! Is there anything more comfortable than a linen dress in summer?

elizabeth said...

I love linen too -
although I don't own many pieces
but thanks for the interesting ideas you have put inside my head.

GardenofDaisies said...

Linen is such a gorgeous textured fabric... I think one of the best things about linen is the Flax plant it is made from. Have you seen how gorgeous the blue flowers are? They grow wild around here.

The Gough Inn said...

I own tablecloths and dishtowels I don't use them to often becaues of the ironing -- but I love the look. But I guess I am one who like things always pressed looking with out so many lines.

Kelli said...

LOVE this post! :)

Julie Harward said...

I like linen..have some table cloths and napkins and some clothine items..but I don't like the wrinkles! :D

Donna said...

I adore linen! I've used yards and yards of it over the years for my needlework!

lori vliegen said...

i SO agree.....there's nothing better than "dirty linen"!
fabulous photos, gal!! :)))

FILIGREE MOON said...

Love the look and texture of linen, especially with mother of pearl accents such as buttons, etc. A lovely post! ~ Angela

KINDRED HEART WRITERS said...

Old linens warm my heart. Oh, thanks so much for your comments on our "pitching" contest. I laughed. You are so funny. Stop by again. Karen

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

Like the rest of the posts, I love linen but oh the ironing of it. Nothing better than a pair of linen slacks or a linen dress. The items shown are beautiful.

June said...

Hi Janean,
I love linen as well and I love the images of linen you have in this post. I would have to say that linen is my favorite fabric. I love it in all it's shades. I love it thick and nubby and I love it fine and lightweight.
Great post!
hugs

Technodoll said...

I like linen but find it hard to wash and impossible to keep wrinkle-free, unfortunately! What's the trick??

Bernie said...

I love linen as well and must say I have quite a few pieces...don't seem to use them as much as I use to, personal clothing, dressing scarves, napkins and tablecloths to name a few.....I do find it wrinkles very easily but then that adds to its special look...:-) Hugs

caroline joy said...

Gotta love the linen! Nothing better than natural :)

Janean said...

chickies, in my humble opinion, I think linen teaches us a little life lesson: relax and embrace the wrinkles!

KINDRED HEART WRITERS said...

Thanks for visiting us at Kindred Hearts. The Linen place mats that have the string pulled around the edge remind me of work my mother did once for a table cloth. I don't know what happened to it but it was beautiful in my young eyes. Thanks for reminding me. Blessings Clella

Just Breathe said...

Have always loved linen but don't really own any. Love the pictures you posted.

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

I have a chest of drawers full of old linens. I have collected them for years. I use some for display around my house. If they have stains, holes or other imperfections, I make things from them. Often pillows.

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool site you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

Julia Simpson