I’ll be in Florida all this week, but I’ll leave you with a look at the vintage and Depression era linens my friend Roberta has been collecting for years. She finds them at thrift shops, but you can also find lots of examples on Ebay and Etsy, too.
The linens from this era have a cheerful, even whimsical, quality to them, and even though they are much simpler and more homespun than the fancy needlework from the Victorian era, they have lots of charm.
These were practical linens, made during tough economic times; the fabrics were for the most part durable everyday types, meant to be used, and the stitchery was simple. But I can just imagine the hard working women taking the time, probably in the evenings, to stitch the colorful patterns and designs, determined to bring a little beauty and elegance into what must have been pretty dreary work keeping a family going during the Depression.
The needlework was basic—cross stitch and simple embroidery stiches, and many of the patterns were pre-printed on the fabrics. These linens represent the last gasp of hand needlework that was so much a part of women’s lives for eons.
Think of all these creative hard working women when you set your spring tables this season!