|WOOLGATHERERS - CARE OF LINENS|
THE MANGEL BOARD - COLD PRESSING LINENS
THE LINEN CLOSET OR LEINSCHRANK
SHELF LINERS ARE HANDWOVEN HALF LINEN WITH CROCHET LACE ADDED AS BORDER.
AS OF TODAY, THERE IS AMPLE ROOM TO WEAVE MANY MORE ITEMS.
The photos below show the mangel board in use, pressing a towel woven of half linen (cotton warp, linen weft) in a patterned barleycorn weave decorated with soumak laid into the towel following a traditional Danish cross stitch pattern.
(The BACKGROUND is one of two tablecloths woven 60" wide on a 2-ply linen warp with a linen single, handspun and half bleached as weft.)
Cold mangling presses the linens in a way that enhances the natural sheen and imparts a look of luxury to the finished piece.
The Linen Closet or "Leinschrank" - the pride of every woman. Here is where the dowry was kept, along with mother and grandmother's finest linens.
This is an antique Danish pine armoire purchased from a Scandinavian furniture store in Madison, WI - reminiscent of the cupboards in use in the area of Northern Germany where we used to live and where I learned to appreciate these old farmhouse linens.