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September 2004

A Common Question:

I have a question for you: Why do companies and stores call their tablecloths and napkins, "Linens", when actually they are made of anything but linen?

Most of today's "Linens" are made from cotton, polyester, and rayon, or a blend of fabrics. It is affordable, easy to clean, and when polyester is in the content, hardly wrinkles. It's great for everyday use. But for your upcoming holidays and formal dinners, nothing shows elegance like true linen. It is soft, strong, easy to clean…will iron easier when damp, so keep that water spritzer handy. But try to find true linen Linens. You can find them at upscale mail order catalogs, usually imported from Italy, and will cost a small fortune (upwards of $180 to $600) just for a simple hemstitched piece.

I offer many different true linen tablecloths, many with napkin sets. They are vintage, and in most cases used, maybe not perfect, but are an affordable alternative to New True Linens.

Feature Article: "Aprons"

Aprons are flying out the door…they seem to be the new hot collectible. So I thought I would share a little something I know about them.

Although Aprons have been around since 500AD, they seem to reach a peak of usefulness around the Victorian Era, but were quite useful in America throughout history from Colonial times to the Mid Century.

Aprons keep our clothes clean, can be used to gather food, and laundry. Were used to fan fires, as a pot holder, as a towel to wipe your hands or a child's runny nose.

Aprons were made of cotton, linen, feedsack, nylon, and other fabrics, depending on what its' primary use was. A nylon apron would be impractical for cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner, but might be just the touch for a Fancy Tea or Cocktail Party.

Mid 20th Century Aprons have become highly collectible. I think the apron brings us back to Grandma's House with sweet smells coming from the kitchen. It makes us feel warm and cozy. These aprons were often embellished with embroidery, rick rack, lace, appliqué and more. My personal favorites are the Filet Crochet Aprons.

An interesting tidbit from Joyce Cheney's book "Aprons": she says, that the first rendering of Rick Rack Trim in Fine Art, was in Grant Wood's famous 1930 painting "American Gothic". The farmer's wife is wearing an apron with the rick rack trim.

I have recently listed many vintage Victorian, Depression Era, and Mid Century Aprons this past week and have more to list this week. So take advantage of my 10% off all Aprons this month!

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