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I asked Wendy Lewis of the Textile Trunk last week if she had ever tried

dyeing her heavy, nubby grain sacks or sheets. I’ve seen lighter

weight linen sheets, nightgowns, tablecloths,  and embroidered napkins done

beautifully, and was thinking of pitching a grain sack into a vat of dye

but wasn’t sure how the heavier fabric would take the dye.

Well…Wendy beat me to the punch and has a first showing of gorgeous, heavy

weight, dyed French linen and metis just listed on Ebay here

New Colors at the Textile Trunk

Deep, gorgeous purple. This would be a gorgeous coverlet over your sheets,

under a duvet…with large embroidered initials across the front…

I’ve been searching around for my embroidery hoop…

can you imagine over-sized swirly initials? Time to stop looking for the

perfect initials and take up a soothing Fall hobby…or be

on the lookout for local talent!

Some initialed French vintage linen

from my ancient House and Garden archives…

Textile Trunk

Wendy’s luscious brown…almost has a mauvish undertone…

The appeal of Wendy’s linens are their hand-loomed aesthetic…

Nubby, textured, soft…

Textile Trunk dyed antique linens

Some of the smaller sheets can be  backed with

a lighter material and stuffed and tie quilted for

a small throw across the bed or favorite chair…

Denim, raspberry, deep purple, soft gray and brown…

To see all check here


I dyed the bottom two Bella Notte fabrics using

Dharma Trading Co Charcoal Gray dye here

They were seconds I had purchased at the outlet here

Not for the faint of heart…but I do love the magic

when it works out!


Here’s one of my earlier bolts from Wendy …

antique French linen that I just pulled out

of the washing machine…


And left out to dry over my new lavender hill

(can’t wait ’till next year when it’s twice as thick)

Sigh…too perfect to dye…

Earlier Textile Trunk post here


A tall stack of Wendy’s grain sacks with a Bella Notte Whisper Linen

flax colored boudoir pillow on top..

Leeann of Fabulously French did a post here

about the French company Longmetrage here

Click for more views of color saturated linens…

What about you…are you getting ready to throw

some color into your life…or still in love with

the natural, nubby linens?