13 August, 2012
A little over a dozen linen handkerchiefs, newly made.
They're not for show or gift-giving or living a twee life, they are for me to use as a durable and practical alternative to tissues. (I also have this ambition to have linen in my life as much as possible. I like the feel of linen much better than disposable tissues.)
I cut the store-bought cloth into pieces a couple of years ago and at the time I sewed up a dozen and a half. That stack has seen continual use. The amount was almost enough to last between washdays whenever I was afflicted with a cold and more than enough otherwise. It will be nice now to have ample.
The hankies are simple, no embroidery or monograms. The cloth is plain-weave. The size is about the same as a tissue.
I enjoyed sewing the seams by hand over several evenings. It's satisfying to have the project off the to-do list. If I had to do it over I would have bought a thicker weight of linen, rather than cloth described as fine handkerchief linen.
I read somewhere that in the old days linen cloth was pressed to make it stain-resistant. I didn't test stain-resistance, but I tried using my handkerchiefs both ironed and un-ironed to see how they felt. I like the look of them better ironed but they feel more absorbent when un-ironed.