I went out junking again yesterday, so this morning finds me standing over the ironing table. I like to do an overnight soak of my linen gatherings to see with what I have actually ended up. I know what problems went into the sudsy water the night before, so right after coffee I'm curious to know what came out in the wash.
I can tell a lot from checking the linen wet, but the truth is only revealed with the test of a hot iron. Stains can re-emerge with a pressing. The first time it happened to me I thought I was imagining things.
A beautiful cut work design on fine loose weave linen is nothing but pleasure to press at the right stage of damp/dry. The iron just glides. I can already see that the crochet trim is compromised in some areas on one of these matching pillowcases.
Can you see the beautiful slubby texture of the weave?
But it's not always a success story in this business of linen keeping! This small hole that I found in the ironing is a bit of a game changer. I will have to mend it and keep the piece for myself rather than offer it for sale.
After flipping to iron the other side, I can see that it doesn't really need it. Do you see its beautiful linen softness in the folds?
And even though the fabric has a heavier texture the design shows right through.
Wonderfully soft for sleeping, or gorgeous just for show. . . .
This white worked tea cloth is the big winner today, though. All the yellowing and faint stains are gone. Beautiful details, including a bit of applique.
All ready for tea time!
A cluster of small doilies has kept a few signs of age which is quite all right for the use I have planned for them as trim or bunting in which a very vintage look is just what is desired.
Loving the monograms!
Such a beautiful way to start the day!
Finally, there is one more exciting piece to check out. This vintage print tablecloth with a wonderful mint color and rose design. It had a serious stain that I wonder if the soak has lightened any.
Turns out there are still too many problems with it to sell. Aww, darn. Guess I'll have to keep this one too. . . . wink, wink.
See how big it is?
What a roller coaster ride it is living the life of a linen lady!
But it's just all in a day's work. And it's still early yet.
Now, this is the way I like to see the work pile up! All smooth and sweet smelling.
Now, how's it all going for you?
I hope you're having a lovely weekend!
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