Tipping over the card board box of vintage linen and lace the vendor gave me the thumbs up to dig through them, she went to the car bringing out another stack of linens. I asked her if she had ever dyed them because I wanted to learn how if she did. She slapped my back and said she barely had time to keep up with the demand let alone do something with them.
Linen and lace are easily found at the flea markets, though printed fabric such as lightweight romantic cottons, or printed linen, or the best- antique woven silks- are the true finds of the day.
Ribbons, bows, tassels, silk flowers or sashes often used for first communion or weddings are another favorite to be found. Better yet if found at an affordable price. Pale blue is a common color, one that is soft and subtle as the morning sky.
I found this baptismal gown and cape at a flea market years ago for my brother's first baby. Looking for nearly nine months... sure I found many, each more beautiful than the next. My goal was to find one that was rich in hand made white cotton lace, one within a certain price range, and that was in perfect condition. The cape and gown are different patterns, though from the same period of time.
Antique monogram bed linens. Is it possible that they could be 2000 thread count or more? Some are as heavy as a blanket.
As looms were smaller a century ago the older bed linens have a seam that run down the center. Hand stitched seams indicate age and are more sought after. The pillow case in the photo has a ruffle added by a sewing machine. Often old bed sheets were cut and made into pillows. The top edging would be used to add a ruffle or trim to the case. These type of pillow cases are of lesser quality, and are often softer on the pocket book.
A school girl's seam sampler. The sampler pieces pressed to perfection are attached to pink paper and a small bow adorn the corners. How sweet is that!
Over sized chimney runner, with fellow friends.
A sheet made into a pillowcase, though the crochet lace was added afterward.
Antique lace curtain panels.
Photos: Of linens and lace from the flea markets in France. Are you ready to come and find some?