A Linen Love Affair
Several of our customers have asked us for white sheets and pillow cases to go with our colourful block printed quilts. We thought this was an excellent suggestion and have been looking at some different options.
Despite the higher cost, we keep coming back to pure linen. My mother hated linen and ruined me for years on the pleasure of sleeping in and on linen sheets. As someone who actually IRONED sheets, she maintained that linen was hard to iron, didn’t stack neatly in the linen press, and the creases after a night’s sleep made the bed look messy!
But nevertheless I snuck into a linen infatuation, initially through linen clothing. I love that crumply soft breathable comfort, which maybe suits my slightly dishevelled personality. But that aside, the first time I bought linen for my bed, I was hooked. It is far more breathable than cotton, so doesn’t take up your body heat in the same way. On hot summers nights I don’t find myself constantly shifting around trying to find that elusive cool patch, and in the winter it never has that icy feel as you first crawl into bed.
Linen is derived from the flax plant and the best quality comes from a belt across France, Belgium, Holland and parts of Eastern Europe. Flax needs to grow in a cool climate, in fairly moist conditions. The fibre is harvested from the stem of the plant and then spun into fibres ready for manufacture. This is a costly process in time and labour, but the durability of the threads ensures that linen bedding is a lifetime – or indeed a generational – investment.
To make matters even better, linen also improves with age – every time it is washed, it gets softer and softer.
Our linen is made to order for us by the Linen Tales folk in Lithuania.
Caring for your linen:
- Machine wash in cool or lukewarm water on a gentle cycle
- Don’t use laundry powder containing brightening agents
- Linen absorbs a lot of water so don’t overload the machine