Wash Day

Monday is Wash Day
That’s when Momma did it
I suspect that’s when Grandma did it
And that’s when I do it
to some, true luxury is time spent spent hanging a freshly laundered basket of laundry on the old line to dry, perhaps using a vintage fruit basket as a clothespin holder....wooden clothespins that is, worn to a wonderful patina from time spent in the sun.

The wonderful old linens I find on my treasure hunts are always treated to a wash, a line dry in the sweet Virginia breeze, spritzed with a fine French linen water and freshly pressed. 
Isn't the above large tablecloth simply amazing?  Can you imagine the countless hours spent on all that cross-stitch work, all those tiny little x's, the inserts of crochet lace and finely finished with embroidery detail?  How romantic to use on a picnic, a gorgeous way to high light the dainty edibles of a tea party, or even to use as a coverlet on a bed.

and red work, probably my most favorite of the old time stitching.  I love the simplicity of it, some of it worn and weathered to perfection, such as this old tea towel with a sweet floral motif.
and let's not forget the sweetest of seasons coming up, the wedding season.  Tone on tone fine old pillowcases....... the perfect gift for the bride and her husband to be.  Monogramming, stitched with fat satin stitches, is so classic and the more years on these pieces the more special they are.

And then comes three.  Vintage baby linens.......is there anything more precious? This old cotton and chenille coverlet is simplistic in design and full of charm with the sweet bunny in the center.

Do You Have a Laundry Day?


All these lovely pieces of the past are available at my online shop 
The Vintage Nest.  Always at a discount for my blogging friends, present and lurking.  :) Just give me a shout that you saw it here.  :)  And I am thrilled to join these weekly parties.  Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you at Stephanie's Wedding Party on Friday. I will be sharing a little peek at what I am working on for the September wedding party on the Lane. :)

graphic from the Graphics Fairy

Bunday Monday at Pretty Is

Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Trash to Treasure Thursday at Alchemy Fine Living

Air Your Laundry Friday at Freckled Laundry

Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

The Vintage Nest.com  ~~ vintage, antiques and other inspiring things


Dee Dee said...

These are gorgeous! I'm afraid that just about every day is wash day at my house :) I can't wait to hear more details about that special day that is coming up. Love you much!
Dee Dee

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful, Lynn. I have a couple of the old satin stitch pillowcases that belonged to family members. They are so special. Love that big old tablecloth too. I have a similar one. Hugs-Diana

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Dear Lynn, thanks so much for being such a doll to help spread the word about the Wedding Blog Party on Friday! I can only imagine what pretties you'll be sharing....sigh....did you ever find you MIA vintage bouquet?!? I lose things like that all the time and just get so mad at myself!!

Love your photos today. The simple white monnogrammed pillowcase is my favorite!! And it is dressed so prettily with your pink signature ribbon! :0)

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

EVERY DAY is laundry day at my house. My machine is constantly going. LOL. Those linens are gorgeous!

Ms. Bake-it said...

What fabulous linens! I love to hang my linens on the line to air dry there is nothing to compare with the smell and feel of line dried linens. As for wash day, I do linens and my clothes early on Saturday morning. The boys typically throw in a load of their clothes 2 - 3 times a week.

~ Tracy

Claudia said...

I don't have a laundry day - but I love this time of year when I can hang my sheets and linens out on the line.


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Lynn...I am reading Water For Elepants right now and I learned there that Monday was laundry day. The circus workers would "borrow" freshly laundered clothes in each town they were in on a Monday to clothe all the performers!

Loving what is blowing in the breeze on your line!

Linda said...

Lynn -Your linen is so sweet! I love old linen and line dried linen.
Now I hope you'll link up to my Bunday Monday to share that adorable child's bunny linen... also for the give away!. Hope to see you there!

Tiff said...

Every day is wash day around here!!!! I so so love to see pretty linens flapping on the line and there is something special about doing the laundry ritual the same time every week! X

Amy Chalmers said...

I loved your laundry!! Great stuff hanging there. If I was your neighbor I might sneak over and borrow one or two!

Anonymous said...

My mother used to do the same with her own handmade linens. They are such a beautiful and homey sight out on the line..and then the fresh scent! Let's call it DOMESTIC BLISS!



Margaret Cloud said...

I wash almost every day but when my kids were young I did it on Monday with a hanging on the line. There is nothing that smells better than a wash hung outside. Your linen is so pretty.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

beautiful linens ... haven't hung on a line in years and kind of miss it. (but not much LOL)
wash day here is any day we have a full load.

Kay Ellen said...

I love your tables clothes hanging on the line :)

Happy White Wednesday!

:Kay Ellen

Jeannie B. said...

Beautiful linens and i love seeing them drying on the line.

Pam Kessler said...

Beautiful linens. The bunny one is very cute. And I wish I had a laundry day. It's pretty much whenever I can get to it.

shannon i olson said...

How beautiful, there is something so charming about old linens and the work that went into them. I remember my grandma hanging laundry and ironing for what seemed to me like hours...we don't have a clothes line, something I miss.

Trotter said...


Cass @ That Old House said...

Lovely old linens .. I just love that bunny coverlet. How sweet is that? I have a near-twin to the first tablecloth you showed, only mine is smaller; love it.

I don't have a washday -- my laundry is in the basement of our very old house, and I go there as infrequently as possible. It's spooky down there!

Enjoy the weekend -- in 2 weeks our daughter gets married. Yikes!


Oh, I love old linens too! Your finds are gorgeous! A beautiful post. So many hours spent crossstitching to make beautiful linens. I have a tablecloth I found half finished. I hope to finish it; it is so pretty; if I can learn how to crossstitch :).
Have a great weekend!
~ Julie

Arabella said...

No special wash day at our house, but this post makes me want to start a new tradition! These linens are all so lovely...dreamy...

Visiting from Feathered Nest Fridays :O)


Susan said...

I share your love of old lines!! Your finds are gorgeous!!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, I just loved the photo of the tablecloth on the clothesline! Conjurs up a sense of sweet days gone by. :-) I think the idea of giving antique linens as wedding gifts is a fantastic idea. Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday this week!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such gorgeous vintage treasures!! Pretty much every day is wash day at my house lol! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful linens. There is nothing I love more than finding an old tatty, yellowed linen at a yard sale and giving it wash to see it glisten again! Lovely post.

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