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The Beauty and Care of Linen

Image via Flickr   From flower to fabric and flax seeds and linseed oil are just a few of the other benefits from this plant.  Linen fabric is very strong and very absorbent with the ability to absorb twice it’s weight in water. Linen Fabric Types | Linen Beauty http://linenbeauty.comFri, 08 Feb 2013 13:37:22 GMT As we all probably know well – linen fabric or weave is produced of fiber of the flax plant. Its softness, natural origins, durability and strength, as well as its antifungal and antibacterial properties are the reasons linen fabric is … Many years ago, before we could buy fabric in markets, every household had flax plants growing in their gardens.  This flax was used to make linsey/woolsey, a very coarse fabric made with linen warp and wool weft or filling.  Our linens of today are very smooth and beautiful and yes it is true that 100% linen garments will wrinkle but the wrinkles indicate that the garment is a natural fiber. Prepping For Spring: Summer Suit Fabrics – The Fine Young … http://www.thefineyounggentleman.comWed, 08 May 2013 14:34:43 GMT Wearing a suit can be brutal in the summer, a few quick ways to make things more comfortable are to have suits made in summer suit fabrics and shirts made in linen.   Since linen isn’t affected by the sunlight, drapes and curtains made with linen will not fade and degrade.  Five Linen Fabric Facts – Natural Fabric Store – Natalie Canning … http://nataliecanninginteriors.wordpress.comSun, 24 Feb 2013 12:07:04 GMT Natural linen fabric is something we all associate with quality clothing, curtains and bedding but I wanted to share five facts that you may not know about this wonderfully versatile natural fabric. 1. Natural fabric linen is created … And now a few words from the clever Kempt, one of my favorite blog sites: Kempt – A Gentleman’s Guide to Dewrinkling Linen http://www.getkempt.com/Apr 26 Linen‘s our pick for the perfect summer fabric—light, breathable, more rugged than you think—but the threat of intense wrinkling scares a lot of gents into cottonhood.   Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net

Biodegradable, Recycled, Repurposed, Up-purposed…So Many Terms So Little Time!

  Image via Flickr       More on Repurposing Fabrics – What is Biodegradable?  Did you know that biodegradable doesn’t mean safe?  An item that is biodegradable according to Websters.com is  capable of being broken down especially into innocuous products by the action of living things (as microorganisms).  Now Puma is going a step further:   Wear ‘Em, then Recycle ‘Em: Puma InCycle Biodegradable Apparel technabob.com2/24/13 People have been pushing for a greener world, but it’s often hard to make the switch given the current lifestyles that we all have. For example, clothing.   All natural fibers are biodegradable:  Silk, wool, cotton, linen, hemp.  All of these fibers are worn year around.  Favorite Fibers for Winter « feelgoodknitting feelgoodknitting.wordpress.com2/8/13 6 Comments. A couple of weeks ago, I posted some tips on feeling good in the endless winter dullness. Since this is a knitting blog, I think a more detailed post is in order about the fibers that make me feel good in winter. 1.   Image via Flickr               What happens to recycled things?  Care2 has written a good article on this topicSo, What Actually Happens To Everything You Recycle? – Care2 … www.care2.com2/25/13 Is recycling plastic after every use in one bin, paper in another and wet waste in a third, worth it? When your trash man picks up your garbage where do all the recyclables really go? Makes you wonder if they go to a recycling …   Too often we assume people know what we are saying when we talk about recycling, biodegradable, etc., not so fast says The Washtenaw Voice. Please recycle this – if you know how « The Washtenaw Voice   www.washtenawvoice.com2/16/13 Everywhere you turn you see something in the news about sustainability, about recycling more and how to conserve natural resources. It’s hip to talk about “going green,” something that should’ve been brought up after the …   Please add any recycling or biodegradable stories or email them to Judith@fabrics.net Enjoy!  

600 Year Old Linen Bra Discovery Rewrites Bra History

Until today, it was believed the bra was invented in the last 100 years as women moved away from corsets.   This 15th century bra and other artifacts were found in a dusty vault in an castle in Innsbrook, Austria and now prove that the bra has been around much longer than earlier believed. Carbon dating proved the bra is from the 15th century, and it looks exactly like modern day bras.  It even includes lace and ornamentation, with standard shoulder straps and evidence of a back strap.  Other details from the article are a mix of educational and humorous: Also found at Lemberg Castle in Tyrol was a linen undergarment that looks very much like a pair of panties. But Nutz said it is men’s underwear — women did not wear anything under their flowing skirts back then. “Underpants were considered a symbol of male dominance and power,” she said. Medieval drawings often show a man and a woman fighting for a pair of underpants in a symbolic battle to see who “wears the trousers” in the family.   600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle – The Associated Press news.google.com 600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castleThe Associated PressBy GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press – 1 minute ago. VIENNA (AP) — A revolutionary discovery is rewriting the history of underwear: Some 600 years ago, women wore bras. The University of … Medieval “Lingerie” From 15th Century Castle Stuns Fashion Historians – Ecouterre (blog) news.google.com Ecouterre (blog)Medieval “Lingerie” From 15th Century Castle Stuns Fashion HistoriansEcouterre (blog)Archaeologists have unearthed several 600-year-old bras that experts say could rewrite fashion history. While they’ll hardly send pulses racing by to …

Linen test?

How can I tell what fabric in the fabric shop is 100% linen as compared to those that are mixed? In some cases the store owner was not sure.   Also can all linen fabric be washed? By: Jenneh

regarding vintage Penimaid

Hi, I have an interesting question for someone…In my mothers things I found a brown paper bag color, envelope that reads Penimaid(around the word Penimaid it looks like a shadow of the letters,then under that is Honor brand then the word Penco then a lady dressed like the 30’s style, then the word Quality,then under that rectangle box its centered as well,) Embroidery Design No. 524, then on the left side of this envelope it reads, Stamped on Pure Oyster Linen, on the opposite side it reads : same design can be found in scarf,centerpiece,buffet set and 3 piece vanity set. Towards the bottom of the envelope there is a rectangle picture of a dinning room set with the window,buffet table,…then on each side it reads, to be worked with J & P Coats embroidery cottons Boilfast Colors, then on the other side it reads, or Clarks O.N.T. Embroidery Cottons Boilfast Colors, then at the very bottom left corner there is W.H. 11095… My Question is this: Is this item from about the 40’s? I think so, and also : how do I care for this after I do the Embroidery?? Thankyou so much for your time, I can not find this anywhere so far, Sherry By: Sherry

Thread Company-owned Magazines and other Printed Literature

Vintage Thread Chart & Photo Gallery Thread Company-owned Magazines and other Printed Literature Many thread companies issued booklets, pamphlets and periodicals to promote their products. Five publications produced by three companies are shown here. Three of the publications are a result of merger and renaming. Information and magazine covers are courtesy of Shirley McElderry.   Corticelli Needlework-Home Needlework-Modern Priscilla Nonotuck Silk Co., established in 1838 at Florence, Mass., created its brandname Corticelli to compete with Italian silks, then the rage. In 1887 the company began publishing a booklet called Florence Home Needlework. There were yearly issues from at least 1887 through 1896, each containing 96 pages. Back issues could be ordered for 6¢ or all 10 for 60¢. Contents and illustrations were mainly about embroidered items to make or to purchase at dealers. In essence it was a catalog of available products. Ads were for Corticelli’s spool silk and embroidery floss in skeins. No bookletwas published in 1897. It was renamed Corticelli Home Needlework with a subheading of A Manual of Art Needlwork, Emboridery and Knitting and reissued in 1898. An impressive list of editors included art designers, writers from other textile publications and from the Nonotuck staff. Issues included a photo gallery of all the Corticelli mills, color plates for embroidering and instructions for stitches and knitting. Aside from the Corticelli ads there was one for Fleisher’s Knitting Worsted; it is not known if this company was part of the Corticelli conglomerate or if it was a paid ad.   Florence Home Needlework 1896 Corticelli Home Needlework 1898 Home Needlework Magazine 1899 Home Needlwork Magazine 1900 Home Needlwork Magazine 1907 Home Needlework Magazine 1915 In 1899 the publication was renamed Home Needlework Magazine with a subtitle of A Quarterly Periodical devoted to Art Needlwork, Crochet, Knitting and Home Decoration. It was published in January, April, July and October by the Florence Publishing Company and again had an impressive slate of needlwork authorities as editors. Paid advertisers were accepted such as Samule Pryor, needlwork designer, Good Housekeeping, Payson Indelibe Ink and Baker’s Chocolates. By 1900 advertising covered four pages plus inside and back cover and by 190s increased to 12 pages. In 1906 the publication went bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October and December and continued to expand in superb lithography, articles and advertising. Sometime between fall 1908 and spring 1914, production was switched to monthly and published by the Home Needlework Publishing Co. Corticelli or other brands were not suggested in various needlework articles. Stamped embroidery…
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Dyeing Stark White Jacket and Purses

Hi, thanks for all your help on this topic that is on the web. A couple questions I couldn’t find answers to. One: I have a stark white linen jacket and wanted to change the color to either a brown, or more of a beige. Can you tell me whether dyeing is worth a shot? Also, do people dye purses that have seen better days, particularly on the edges? Hi Roxanne, First, read my article on fabric dyeing. This will assist you with the jacket question. Your main consideration here is the lining, visible stitching, and general construction of the jacket. Has it ever been washed? Linen changes in texture and finish, and shrinks somewhat when washed. If you want to risk a warm-water-and-agitation process, you could dye it yourself with the reactive dyes available at www.dharmatrading.com. You will need soda ash, Synthrapol (both of these available at Dharma) and ordinary table salt. As for your purse – I don’t know, it depends on the makeup of the bag. If it is leather, it could be retouched with leather dye. Consult with a full service shoe repair shop for info and suggestions. best, Jennifer