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Vintage handkerchief love

October 10th, 2009

I love the look and workmanship of vintage linen handkerchiefs. I collected some while planning my wedding in hopes of using them.

Many of them came starched and perfectly pressed. Starch, over time, will yellow and damage the fibers. I like mine when they’ve simply been washed and allowed to air dry naturally. You can really appreciate the beauty of the natural texture of the linen fiber.

Vintage handkerchiefs detail

 After the wedding, I found that I had collected many vintage handkerchiefs. I hated the idea of having to store them without enjoying them and found some ways to display them around the house.

This is one of my favorite ways to use them – informally pinned onto the walls as artwork.

Vintage linen handkerchiefs displayed on wall

Vintage linen handkerchiefs detail

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 I have very light yellow walls. But I can imagine that these would be gorgeous against a dark grey wall or even against a hot pink wall. The contrast would be stunning.

You could even frame them and have them arranged as a collection for a look that’s more finished. I personally have too many uses for them to put into a frame, but that’s just my personal preference! I’m sure there are many ways you can use them.

How have you used your vintage hankies?