I suppose I am feeling apologetic for showing two linen posts in a row, but it's where I am these days. Spending a lot of time at home, and gearing up for a larger shop space opening next month.
But I did pop into a market this week to find a handful of pillowslips waiting for me. They were all in singles, and in new condition, as though they had been saved in a cabinet or drawer for many years.
I am not at all deterred by their not being in matching pairs. I love the charm of a mix and match much more anyway. And such gorgeous hand crochet trim!
I gave them what I am sure was their first laundering, and am very happy to put them to their first use. Most often beautiful hand-worked linens show a lot of wear and can't last a long time with regular use, but these will be around for a quite a while.
Even the fine muslin casing itself was hand-sewn in this example above, and it is only folded in half lengthwise here, and quite narrow like a bolster cover.
I found a jar of the vintage wooden spools too. The eyelet trim is also vintage, and was quite yellowed with age when I first found it some while back.
One of the pillowcases (underneath) has a tatted lace edge. A much rarer find.
Very simple and quite beautiful. I can imagine lolling in bed late some summer Sunday and appreciating its details and wondering at the hands that could fashion such beauty. . . .
Well maybe you can imagine my delight at finding such a pristine little pile of loveliness like this all together in the same spot! (The wide machine lace border underneath is a valance that I found in the same place.)
Each of these was six to eight dollars each. Now I ask you, why on earth would I buy brand new white linens at the mall when I could have these instead?
Doesn't that pale pink make your heart skip a beat? Even Mr. Cottage stopped to admire it! Cheery as a bouquet of flowers!
I know a lot of you are in the deep freeze. Take care, bundle up, and think good cottage thoughts!
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