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Green Linen Towel Before and After Restoration
May 22, 2012, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Towels, Vintage Linens

I learned about “Restoration” from Judy, a woman I work with & who was kind enough to let me try some of hers. I am thrilled with how the green linen towel turned out. It is sold by Engleside Products & is also sold on Amazon.

Apparently, it works on antique fabrics, lace, wedding gowns, almost any textile. I have not tried it but they claim it removes coffee, tea, blood, grape juice, ketchup and other hard to remove stains. As you can see, it removed, as advertised,  damage even on discolored fold lines!!  I am thrilled that Engleside Products is a US company based in Lancaster County (  I have no financial connection to them – just a satisfied customer. Thanks again Judy!

The proof is in the pictures:


Monogrammed M Handkerchiefs
March 15, 2012, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Handkerchiefs, Vintage Linens

The last set of handkerchiefs are monogrammed M for my grandmother, Mae. Since my middle name is Mae & my first name begins with an M, I had the 2nd one bunched up in the center as shown & inserted into my bouquet when I got married. It’s at my wrist in the picture. Something old & a way to have her with us on our wedding day!


Handkerchiefs with Edging
March 14, 2012, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Handkerchiefs, Vintage Linens

The first 2 have tatted borders. Isn’t the first so dainty to have such a small plain area surrounded by a large delicate edging. Beautiful. The 2nd is interesting to me because they used 2 colors. The 3rd is probably crochet. If I’m wrong, do let me know!

Set of 3 Petite Point Flowers
March 13, 2012, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Handkerchiefs, Vintage Linens

These make a lovely set as well. Each has some petite point work. And, a couple of shades of each color make a simple but effective flower.


Set of 6 Flowers
February 21, 2012, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Handkerchiefs, Vintage Linens

A lovely set with scalloped edging. No 2 are alike.


Set of 3 Flowers
February 19, 2012, 12:33 pm
Filed under: Handkerchiefs, Vintage Linens

A nice simple set. All done in satin stitch.

Lilies of the Valley Handkerchief
February 18, 2012, 2:18 pm
Filed under: Handkerchiefs, Vintage Linens

Getting back to vintage items with handkerchiefs. I’ll start with the flower of the month in which I was born – Lilies of the  Valley. I had some of these in my bouquet when I got I married. If I knew about this handkerchief then, I may have used it with my flowers. Instead I used another (the subject of an upcoming blog).

Interesting Little Bag
February 6, 2012, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Vintage Linens

This appears to be made from an edge of a pillow case. I loves the scalloped edging. What an excellent way to extend the use of an item – maybe it had gotten ripped or stained. I can see it holding handkerchiefs or stockings even. Very clever!


Rosebud Towel
January 21, 2012, 8:09 pm
Filed under: Towels, Vintage Linens

The last towel appears to be petite point on linen – again, not sure who did this. But, how can you not love roses! Very simple stitches.

I do have one green towel with only some mild discoloration that maybe washing would help. Perhaps, someday, I’ll get time to stitch up something for it. Another rosebud?


Yellow & blue towels with flower appliques
January 15, 2012, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Towels, Vintage Linens

Neither the towels or the flowers appear to be hand-made but they are very cute (& could be hand-made). Another idea & not enough time.