White Linen

My heart belongs to natural linen, it’s true.   However~

Something in me loves white sheets, and not just any old white sheets, but linen.  Not fitted sheets either!  Proper, generous flat sheets which can be used top or bottom, tucked neatly into hospital corners.

So, now I have found double-width white linen – not the very thinnest available because I value strength: not the coarsest because a sheet should be smooth, soothing.  I received my test piece of ten metres – eleven yards – and had to work out how best to use it.

First I made a sheet for my own bed, and washed it to see how it behaved.  Wonderful.  Minimal shrinkage, the texture is fine.

Then I did all the math and found I could make five pillow cases across the width – simple Oxford shams for a Queen pillow.  Here is the result.

I am keeping two for myself, and sending the others as samples for shops which have asked for them.  My thousand metre rolls will arrive in October, or maybe November: one thousand one hundred metres of rough  natural linen, and five hundred to one thousand metres of fine white sheeting.

What can I say? I’m in love!

If you love it too, please vote for me here: Rough Linen made the Apartment Therapy Design Showcase shortlist! http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/bedroom/rough-linen-bedding-by-tricia-rose-design-showcase-2010-125838


About Tricia Rose

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18 Responses to White Linen

  1. brismod says:

    I love flat sheets. My Mum still uses then for her bed but they are not nearly as nice as yours!

  2. fairmaiden says:

    I'm in love with your linens too. Sleeping at your home must be a dream. Congrats…now on to vote for you dearie.

  3. Jeannie B. says:

    My hat is off to you to be able to make a neat bed with flat sheets!! I do love linen and I love white cotton sheets. I haven't seen the linen that would make the soft sheets you are talking about (that wasn't too fine, anyway) but would sure be interested. I love the picture heading of you sewing with on your porch or deck.

  4. clustres says:

    I am so glad to hear that someone uses 2 flat sheets. I have 2 European size beds that I can't find sheets for and I am going to use 2 flat ones. Thanks so much!

  5. Sharyn says:

    Oh this is just beautiful, I need new sheets and would love to be able to find something like this! You must enjoy sewing there too.

  6. Jeanne says:

    Love it all..voted for you, Good Luck!!!

    Jeanne :)

  7. Atticmag says:

    Somehow I missed this wonderful post. Too busy ironing right now to make anything though I have a curtain project coming up. Will check back to see what else you're up to.

    Please stop by to check out our new Giveaway Friday linky party every Friday. Jane F.

  8. bj says:

    ahhh, this is my kind of sheets. Now, I confess I do use fitted…maybe I should stop..seems all sets come with fitted tho…and I sure as heck could never, in a million years, MAKE a sheet. My hat off to you, dear lady. These are wonderful..!

  9. Kerry says:

    Your linen is so beautiful. I have of course voted. All the best.

  10. allison tait says:

    I just want to curl up in that bed. It looks light and airy and comfortable and cosy – all the things a bed should be. You've got my vote!

  11. Sue says:

    Oh my! What lovely sheets to sleep and dream upon, Tricia. They are so much more classy than everyday white sheets in cotton/polyester. You'll have to keep us posted as to when you will start selling them. Thank you for coming by for a visit. I will be back again soon.

  12. Low Tide High Style says:

    I just voted, and I LOVE these true bed "linens"!!! Best wishes!

    Now I'll be dreaming about having linen sheets!

    Kat :)

  13. Diann says:

    I have an absolute love for white linens! And these look fantastic! My grandma always used two flat sheets. She could make a quarter bounce off of them they were so tight. She showed me many times and I stil can't get them that tight.

  14. Heaven's Walk - says:

    Hi Tricia! I just want to lie down on that bed and rest my head on that awesome white linen pillow….How delicious! I just purchased a couple linen duvet covers from PB, and have fallen head over heels in love with white linen. There's nothing like it. I'm off to check out your store now…..and drool a bit more. lol!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  15. maría cecilia says:

    Rough linen… but… what do I do with all my flowers and little flowers things at my bed and around the house?? I think I´m in a big trouble after meeting you….
    greetings from Chile,
    maria cecilia

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  17. Anu@My Dream Canvas says:

    This is beautiful!! I m hosting a 50 dollar CSN Giveaway and would love for you to sop by. Thanks Anu!

  18. Scarlett Fiona Reed says:

    I've been so busy I did not know until I read this that you had sent me a sham! I just peeled the corner of the tissue to look at and feel the linen, and thought it was a swatch! I should have known better. Of course I love it! I'll need sheets for myself and loads to sell, woohoo! ps voted for you!

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