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

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Mar 17, 2009 - Antiques & Collectibles - 152 pages
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Gather 'round! The endearing follow-up to The Apron Book is now served. EllynAnne Geisel graces us with her new treasure, The Kitchen Linens Book. It's a lovely treat.

Family kitchens are where our days begin and end. And one constant is threaded among the people, the stories, and the moments: America's kitchen linens. If only these prized pieces could talk.

The Kitchen Linens Book invites women of all ages to visit with the past. In this book, Geisel gives us an up-close look at tablecloths, dishtowels, and napkins with details and histories as fine as the stories themselves. Embroidered or hemstitched, linens or oilcloths--these are the fabrics and the memories of our mothers and grandmothers. And each one has an endearing story and a vivid history.

*The book features over 20 projects and 8 recipes.

* The book includes a classic Butterick transfer pattern for a vintage kitchen towel motif, circa 1945.

* Rich photography highlighting every detail accompanies stories passed from generation to generation.

* EllynAnne's passion for finding and saving linens from flea markets, estate sales, and antique stores will inspire you to dig through your own closets and cupboards.


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User Review  - apalone - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - rustyk - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


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EllynAnne Geisel, who lives at Pueblo, CO, is the author ofThe 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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