Textures. Patterns. Colors. Shapes. These are some of the essential components that go into creating an interesting living space. What brings all of those elements together? Fabric. The fabric I love working with is linen. This natural fiber has great texture. It’s not sheer, but it allows light to filter through. Linen holds color in a way that other fabrics do not. I love the way linen looks and feels – in drapery, clothing, and bedding.
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Although expensive to produce (because it is labor intensive to manufacture), the fiber is very strong, absorbent and dries faster than cotton. Garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot and humid weather.
So why speak of linen in November? Two reasons: we love linen window coverings any time of the year, and, with gift giving season almost here, think about gifting yourself or someone on your list a beautiful linen tablecloth.
New linen may feel stiff but will soften over time. If wrinkles bother you, then linen (and cotton) might not be the best fabric for your attire. I wear linen year-round. We think linen sheets and comforters are fabulous. Linen kitchen towels and bath towels are fantastic, too – absorbent and quick-drying.
Although people say Irish linen is best, we are partial to two companies on Etsy from Lithuania: KnockKnock Linen and MagicLinen. We also like linen from Linoto (produced in New York state) and Garnet Hill.