How to Care for Vintage Linens & Lace

A sack of old linens … improperly stored for who knows how long …
… with stains that leave you baffled.
What’s your response?
(a)  Bring it on!
(b)  I wouldn’t know where to start …
(c)  Why bother?

If you responded (b), my new series is for you.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll talk about all of these subjects …
If you responded “Why bother?” … Well, I’ll show you.  Look closely.
All of the vintage linen pieces in these pictures were discovered at garage sales, thrift stores, or estate auctions. All had problems. All are beautiful today thanks to a little tlc. Ok … sometimes a lot of tlc  No matter what your style, I suspect you’ll see something that you think would be worth your time to save.
Classic white damask …
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… or colored
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Lace-edged cotton …
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Cutwork …
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Embroidery … and crochet
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Elegant …
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… or casual
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Solid color …
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Texture …
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Pattern …
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Linen … and lace
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Worth the effort … Yes?
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So what do you think? The next time you discover a stash of neglected vintage linens, will you help get them back into circulation?

I’ll help you.  I promise!

Back soon … with the first detailed installment of How to Care for Vintage Linens & Lace.

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  I really appreciate your visits and comments …
I pray you have a wonderful week!

I’ll be joining:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life


  1. Well I am ready and excited! I adore vintage linens of all kinds! I usually use oxiclean or hydrogen peroxide on them. So I will stay tuned to see what your tips are.

  2. This will truly be a good one, ladies. Stay tuned and take notes!

  3. I love old linens — they have “patina” that new ones don’t have! Perhaps it is the fact that they are real fabrics. I’ll be interested to see your tips!

  4. I think this was meant for me Susan! 🙂 I have a big bag of vintage linens that my mom brought me recently and I know they need to be properly cared for. Looking forward to this series!

  5. You have really stirred a desire for vintage linens in me…also how to take care of the few I have…and I also wished I had taken better care of others from years ago..but they did get use

    I will come back and learn more…but for now, I enjoyed seeing them, how beautiful

  6. Hi again! 🙂