For me, at least, I believe that vintage French linen sheets are the best basis for my vintage samplers and pictures.
I love the weave and this makes the base strong along with the hue of the linen, just right for what I am creating.
I remember buying my first Vintage French linen sheet, it cost a lot of money and was pre 1900. When I got it home and had washed and pressed it, I just stared at this thing of beauty. I was going to cut it up, was I mad?
I went and got my journal out with my sketches to check that one.. I was happy with the design and two .. it was worth carving this piece of history up!! When I actually had the scissors in my hand I was shaking dreadfully!
Now, well I buy for my needs and justify it to myself that on each sampler at the back there is a handmade paper envelope with a little card inside detailing the materials used. How old the linen is and the fabrics and buttons. The provenience of each scrap contained for future generations. It can be handed down that little bit of history..... but it already has over 100 years of history behind the glass because of the age of the fabrics and materials used, and that pleases me.
Vintage carved mother of pearl buttons that are once again being seen as a thing of beauty and not in a box in a drawer somewhere and in addition to that there is the matter of the fabrics used that are now on show too!
Working with such stunning materials and putting together a thing of beauty that may be cherished once more, makes my day, and from my feedback makes the recipients as well. I believe that a thing of beauty in our home makes us happy, it is pleasing to the eye,and that makes the heart happy and the soul sing....