Hand-spun, handwoven linen, 1870-1900, Waterloo Country, ON
Linen, 1784, Europe
Late 19th century, linen, handspun, handwoven
Handwoven linen sheets, from the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada.
Have almost completed stitching up my linen sheet. Each stitch goes through the loop of each weft at the selvage edge, which means it will lie flat and the stitches will relax once washed thus making it barely visible as half of a stripe was woven at each edge to produce a full stripe.
Above are two pages from the article on Markings by Kathleen B. Smith of Textile Reproductions, you can download them all here.
Up after the linen sheets was 7 yards of linen shirting, half done with a white weft for a chambray and half done straight up indigo.
Month-long bliss at Marshfield this August. Linen was the main focus of my work study, all of which I got to weave on an very special 18th century loom that had recently come to the barn from Connecticut. One of the projects I wove was a double bed sheet in 40/2 linen, striped and dyed with one of the many indigo vats cooking outside this summer. I also was lucky to see a sheet in their collection, dated and numbered, a historical practice as one’s linens were of such great value.
The two teatowels I made for my friends in Poland, among some other very special handwoven towels, on their stove in the countryside.
Flea market linen and loom bench
I posted last year about a box of linen that my friend had found for me at the flea market in Krakow