When I came across all kinds of material
in my late Mom’s linen closet, I knew I had found some treasure.
I always had a soft spot for old linen material,
be it tablecloths, bed linen, old dishtowels, and such.
As a young girl I was fascinated by the stack of old grey pure linen dish towels
in my Mom’s closet.
They were never used, hence the grey-ish colour of unwashed linen.
I love the story that my Grandma, had spun all the flax herself, then walked with her
yarn all the 20 km to a weaving mill. After a certain time Oma Agnes walked the same
distance again, to pick up her precious dish towels and table cloths.
As it was custom in Germany back in the twenties, she cross stitched her initials A.W.
in bright red onto these pieces.
Agnes would have done the same with her bed sheets and duvet covers,
unfortunately none of these survived.
I never had the chance to meet my maternal Grandma,
she died before my Mom got married. But apart of the mentioned dish towels and table
cloths, I also got her name, Agnes, as a middle name, which always made me proud…
Back to my stack of different material: At a Easter craft fair last spring, I was
drawn to one table which had especially beautiful pillows on display.
They were made out of stripes from
all kinds of old linen and vintage cotton fabric.
I was motivated to use the bits and pieces of my “pile”
to create something similar beautiful.
Apart from linen and cotton, I also discovered some pretty laces in my Mom’s
‘sewing drawer’. I was going to use those as well.
And here is the result.
Disclaimer: Because the possibilities in creating unique pillows are endless, this task
could be addictive.