Quote “Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burns brightest, old linen wash whitest? Old soldiers, sweetheart, are the surest, and old lovers are soundest” John Webster
A beautiful quote that segues nicely into my love all things linen. I would go so far as to say that it would be my most favourite textile, in all its varied forms, colours and textures. Derived from the Flax plant (linum) linen is known to be one of the oldest textiles on earth.
I love wearing linen, even if it does crease and I love sewing with it most of all. Its natural colours and lustre give the finished piece a warm and inviting feel which gets softer with every wash. Inspired by some lovely ideas in the Country Style Craft Book (2013 edition) I have designed this little cross stitch pattern. I worked up a a small linen drawstring bag from a workshop I recently attended, facilitated by Christine Bishop. Christine is a master embroiderer and her work is beautiful. Go to http://www.christinepbishop.com.au for a peek at her amazing portfolio. Cxx