The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives

The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives

by EllynAnne Geisel


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ISBN-13: 9780740777639
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 696,579
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

EllynAnne Geisel, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado, is the author of The Apron Book and the creator of Apron Chronicles, the traveling exhibit. Her apron designs have appeared in Vogue and have been worn by Bree in Desperate Housewives. She's been a guest on both NPR's All Things Considered and CBS News' Sunday Morning. She continues to make nationwide appearances to promote her books and exhibit.

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Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Mason81 More than 1 year ago
For those of us that love all things vintage about kitchen linens and a simpler way of life... Wonderfully illustrated, precious stories from the past, family recipes shared, and even a towel pattern is included - it doesn't get any better than that. Enjoy!
sewfancy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the stories behind the purchasing of the various linens which the author owns. There are also snippets of stories and histories written by other people which help the entertainment factor! I was very inspired and decided to use my own "collected" tablecloths more often! The patterns included with the book for the iron on transfers really make this a wonderful gift!!! In fact I bought it as a gift originally and then decided to keep it in my personal library. I guess I'll have to buy another one!
T-BoneTW More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful for research and just learning about linens in the depression and how they were used and why. The vintage iron-on in the back is just wonderful and the story of how EllynAnne Geisel found it is just priceless. Anyone who is interested in Table clothes and aprons in todays world should own this book.
rustyk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love this book and keep it on the top of my vintage craft books. Honestly, the content is light and filled with lovely stories, tips, recipes, and history. But why I really love this book is that it reminded me of my love for vintage linens and got me back to collecting and appreciating them, as well as back to the simple art of embroidery. Another endearing aspect of this book is the striking pictures and the lovely attention to detail. I love to see the richness of the vintage designs.Delightful and charming are descriptions I've read throughout the reviews and I have to whole-heartedly agree.
LeesyLou on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Perfect for the collector and enthusiast, this book is almost overly illustrated with examples of traditional American kitchen linens on every page.The book contains the author's essays and thoughts on linens, some random recipes, some basic information on fiber choices, others' essays, and finally a set of transfers for making your own set of embroidered towels.However, it is completely lacking any historic research or context, any detailed directions on historic or modern embroidery traditions and methods, and any real structure. It is unsuitable for use as a real reference, pattern book, or research tool. It would make a wonderful addition to the library of anyone who already likes making their own embroidered linens and is searching for copious inspiration, anyone who loves illustration of this sort, and anyone who simply enjoys this form of useful craft.
akagracie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
One of my favorite books of 2009! If I sound a little gushy here, please forgive me. The Kitchen Linens Book combines so many of my favorite things (vintage items, handcrafts, linens, kitchen supplies, home decor, family histories, helpful home hints) that I found something interesting and informative on virtually every page. I enjoyed the memories shared by the many contributors to this book: reminiscences of family meal traditions and holiday celebrations, needlework techniques, dishwashing rituals, and other homely & charming experiences.Do you want to know how to clean or repair vintage linens you've inherited or found at a flea market? Want ideas on how to use and store family heirlooms or daily use items? Do you have bits of salvaged fabric you can't bear to throw away but can't figure out how to use? Here's your book!I forgot to mention there are some delicious-sounding recipes and instructions on how to prepare a proper pot of tea. There's also some good advice on cleaning candle wax and other helpful hints.There's much, much more in this beautifully printed and bound book to delight anyone who is interested in creating a lovely and charming home.Highly recommended!
kaykwilts on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book would an excellent gift for mother's day or even for that new bride. This book is 145 pages long and contains beautiful pictures of vintage linens. This book gave me a greater appreciation of my grandmother's linens that I have inheirted and how to take care of those linens so that I can pass these linens down so my children and grandchildren can enjoy them. A detailed history of linens in this book. There are a few recipes in the book I have yet to try but they sound delicious. I enjoyed the section of Reinventing Kitchen Linens. As a bonus there is a vintage Butterwick Transfer pattern inside the back cover.
kristinmm on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Geisel spends most of the book showcasing her own linen collection and describing how and when she likes to use each piece. As in The Apron Book though, there are stories shared by other people about their special linens as well. The fabric care tips are very useful, and some recipes are included also. Overall this is an interesting read. I absolutely love the vintage transfer patterns included. The only problem I can see is they're only usable once so it will take me forever to decide what to use them on.
zquilts on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a book that anyone who cherishes vintage kitchen linens, tablecloths, napkins, doilies, aprons and placemats will want to have in their book collection! I was enchanted by the way the "The Apron Book" was printed. I liked the format, the paper, the photograph and the typeface that were used.This book follows suit and is a visual feast. EllyAnne compliments the stories about these cherished, useful linens with photos that feature vintage table settings, vintage kitchen wares and photos. One of the most charming additions is the Butterick transfer pattern for Vintage Kitchen Towel Motifs that is included with the book. I highly recommend this book!
Nerd_Girl985 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is a bit of a hodge-podge with a smattering of factoids, stories, tips, and recipes. Most of the book focuses on the author's linen collection and stories of her family related to her linens. I found many of those stories relatable and entertaining. I think most people can sympathize with the anxiety of spilling red wine on your mother-in-law's beautiful tablecloth. However, the author's inclusion of all of the different ways in which she mixes and matches her table linens seemed unnecessary and distracting. The end of the book included some valuable information on cleaning and storing linens as well as some ideas about transforming your linens into other useful items once they have become too stained or faded to serve their original purpose. It is clear that the author does have a passion for the subject matter but I would wish the author had skipped her "mix and match" exploits and focused more on the stories related to finding, inheriting, making or otherwise acquiring the kitchen linens.
jap9963 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In our family, there has always been a treasure trove of linens, many embroidered by the hands of long-dead relatives. As a child I did not pay much attention to the time and skill that went into these works, but was rather blasé about them because they were always there, ready and available to serve as a dresser scarf, cover a table, or were stored away as ¿special.¿ Looking back, I am horrified by my treatment of some of these linens, and as my family has grown and aged, I have a newfound appreciation for the time my ancestors put into making, creating, and decorating these linens. Considering that many of these women worked on farms, the time they took out of their already busy day to decorate plain pieces of white linen is remarkable. With these women in mind, it was with great pleasure that I read EllynAnne Geisel¿s _The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives_. In this book, like in her previous one, _The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort_, Geisel shares photographs of vintage aprons, appliance covers, handkerchiefs, towels, napkins, tablecloths, and other table linens while interweaving their history, providing recipes, and personal narratives for each of the items. This is not a book that you look through all at once, nor is it one that you look through and then never open again; Geisel¿s book should be considered something of a small coffee-table book where photographs of vintage linens are meant to be studied and appreciated again and again. Geisel also provides tips on caring for vintage linens, ideas on how to resurrect ruined linens for use as cards, or decorations, as well as ways to reincorporate them into everyday use. These linens and their designs may strike some as too antiquated and quaint for a modern family, but by writing this book Geisel is helping readers appreciate the timeless beauty and simplicity of embroidered cloth, and reinforcing the joy one can have in using their linens as they were meant to be used. If your supply of vintage linen is low, or even if you already have some, this book will have you cruising yard sales and online auction sites for vintage items similar to the ones shown.
mostlylurking on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Kitchen Linens Book is a delightful book that celebrates the often overlooked things that make our everyday lives comfortable. EllynAnne Geisel has found wonderful items that show how women used their creativity and artistry to brighten their homes during trying times, such as the Depression and World War II. She urges us not to hide these away but to use them, because of the memories they hold.I had the pleasure of going to a talk by the author, and she is delightful. She brought many examples of beautifully crafted items - tiny crocheted tea cups, for example. She has done her research well, and it was so interesting to hear the history these things reveal.
lydiasbooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Nicely designed, but I just find the subject matter and style all immensely boring so skim-read it and didn't want to get further into it. I'll be passing this one on.
e1da on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I got this book through the early reviewers program probably because of all my other crafty and cooking books. I have to say, it's not one I would have picked up on my own, but I've very much enjoyed reading through it. It's definitely a feast for the eyes (if kitchen linens are your thing) with tons of lovely photographs from the author's supply. I don't read the author's blog, so I assume if you're already familiar with and a fan of her style (and lifestyle) this will be similarly enjoyable. For me, it was, at times, just a smidge too preachy, smug and old fashioned. (I'm probably not of the right generation to fully appreciate the nostalgia factor.) But it only creeped in every once in a while. There was a little story about inviting friends over after work and sending them each home with a quiche for dinner. Maybe she has time for that, but I'm one of those harried friends...But that's only a small complaint in an otherwise very enjoyable book. And I imagine those types of stories are a big part of its charm for many readers. I enjoyed the history sections, the recipes, and the transfers in the back very much. I particularly agree with KnottyArtisan's review.
pennyshima on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I¿ve struggled to figure out how to review this book since it appeared in my mailbox as part of the Early Reviewers program. While I¿m not a formally trained artist or a textile historian, I found I was familiar with much of this book. I was also surprised to find this wasn¿t the type of book I thought it was ¿ for some reason, perhaps because I¿ve been reading and trying to review lots of pattern books lately ¿ I thought this was a book of various knit, crochet, sew, and embroidery patterns to make various kitchen linens. That it is not. What is it then? The Kitchen Linen¿s Book is a collection of beautiful researched stories of personal kitchen linens. The photographs are crisp and varied and beg for memories to be unleashed. Interspersed throughout are boxes of information be it various forms of fibre or an descriptions of different embroider techniques. There are some recipes and patterns (and I put out there it¿s trivial to use the photos as a guide and recreate on your own) and they are nice ¿ some oatmeal-pecan cookies have me craving a full cookie jar. This is much more than a history of cloths or a personal memoir. I feel it¿s the afternoon conversation I wish to have with my mother over tea. It¿s a way to reconnect and to reinvent. It¿s a great book to read and I¿m happy I¿ve had a chance to look through it and will work to revise this review as I spend more time with the book. Each time I read or flip through something new catches my eye and I see a different connection.
apalone on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As a crafter, I was drawn to this book mostly because of the embroidery. There is so much information here! I enjoyed reading about how linens have changed over time. The stories just added that personal touch and made me feel as if I was part of a group of wonderful women. I enjoyed this book so much I purchased her other book on aprons.
mlloyd on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As an avid and long-time collector of vintage linens of all sorts, I was delighted with this book from the cover to the stories to the photographs plus a transfer pattern with vintage kitchen towel motifs.I, too, have mis-matched tablecloths and napkins and loved the ideas the author presented to show how to make them work together to present a unique and charming table setting. I especially appreciated the appendix which provided notes on fabric care, the lists of resources and recomended reading, and the projects and recipes. This is a wonderful and charming book which I would highly recommend to those with an interest in the subject.
VriesemaFamily on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved this book. Took it too the bus stop to show friends and promptly had it lifted off my hands. It took over 10 months for the book to make its way back to my bookshelves and that is because I kidnapped it back from a friend's house. And that was after tracing it across the neighbourhood. Nice light, interesting reading. I loved the blend of facts, author's stories, and history. Not your average book, but better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun reading, very nostalgic, makes a great gift.
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ProudMomma More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. It took me back in time to when I was a little girl and help Grandma dry the dishes after Sunday dinners at her house. Oh, the talks we used to have to pass the time away. Grandma used her linen towels for everyting from keeping the lettuce crisp to covering up the bread dough while it was rising. A tablecover and clothes pin made the most beautiful cape when you got your hair cut. I wish I still had some of her linens but they got lost many years ago. I now scour flea markets and vintage stores for linens belonging to someone elses Grandma. Oh the stories they could tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago