Although I don't know as much as I'd like to about vintage linens, I certainly admire the detail of crochet, lace, needlework, embroidery and fine handwork that went into so many of them.
My bedroom linens are dark, as are the walls, so I want to bring whites in where I can to help brighten the areas. One such way to do this is by adding a white, flat sheet, with a beautiful border that can be folded down over the blankets, to my bed. It not only lightens, but softens the area as well.
What I did to create the look was initially search online for a vintage sheet, but because King sized mattresses were not produced until 1958, by Simmons, it is virtually impossible to find an antique or even vintage, flat sheet that truly fits a king sized bed. I did find a beautiful, vintage linen sheet but it did not adequately cover the bed, and even worse, much worse, is that linen sheets, ironed sheets!, are NOT comfortable. It didn't make it through the first night on our bed.
(by the way, the above photo was taken at my old house...see that blob of paint on the wall, above the bed?...That was there for two years! I never could make up my mind about painting this room, so the paint wound up on a wall at my shop!)
So, my quest for a pretty flat sheet for my bed continued.
While perusing online linen sources I saw something that really caught my eye. It was called a sheet border, a decorative piece to lay across the bed to make it appear as an exquisite, bordered sheet and was used after a woman gave birth, to welcome visitors but still have a bed that looked beautifully made up.
I recently contacted a textile expert, Cynthia, owner of Cynthia's Linen Room to inquire about border sheets, if what I thought they were was true and if this is what they were used for. She graciously replied and told me that because of the availability and affordability of bedding today that she refers to them as
It looks beautiful under the sheet as well.
It fits exactly over my existing king sized sheet, hanging over the bed just right, and is easy to put on in the morning and take off at night...
...along with all of the other pillows.
My Mother in law made the rose petal pillows seven or eight years ago...I LOVE these!
What do you think of using the table runner as a border sheet?
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