Create vintage household linens

Helpful tips from EllynAnne Geisel:

  1. Avoid spreading a stain by blotting from the outside of the stain in.

  2. Invisible Mending: Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish to the underside of a cloth tear, pressing the frayed edges together with fingers until the polish dries.

  3. Invisible Mending #2: Cover the tear with a piece of white paper, then sewing back and forth on the sewing machine. After laundering, the paper will soak away, and the darning will be difficult to detect.

  4. Linen is a fussy fabric so beware ironing the creases in the same place in your napkins and tablecloths every time. Doing so causes breaks in the thread and wears out the linens.

  5. Attempting to remove a stain while the company is still seated risks embarrassment to the stain-causing guest.
Event Information:

EllynAnne will be at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco on Friday, April 24th for a presentation and book signing:

Britex Fabrics
146 Geary Street
San Francisco
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

About EllynAnne Geisel:
Vintage cloth collector EllynAnne Geisel is the best-selling author of award-winning The Apron Book and Apronisms, outgrowths of her passion for "the armor of domesticity." What began as a traveling exhibit-"Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections" managed by The Women's Museum in Dallas-has earned her a national spotlight and recognition by The New York Times. Vogue magazine has featured one of her Apron Memories® designs; Bree of ABC's Desperate Housewives has tied on several. And Chase's Calendar of Events recognizes Tie One On Day™, created by EllynAnne and held on Thanksgiving Eve as an annual observance of gratitude.

The Kitchen Linens Book marks EllynAnne's return to the source of her endless inspiration: the textiles our mothers and grandmothers crafted for both daily comfort and enduring legacy. With her books, designs, exhibits, and storytelling, EllynAnne Geisel is tying together a worldwide community of cloth collectors, urging them to "Go Vintage, Go Green!" EllynAnne has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. She lives in Pueblo, CO, with Hank, her Prince Charming, when she isn't on the road sharing her trove and lore with apronistas everywhere.

Learn more about EllynAnne and read her blog at

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