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

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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.

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ebook, 152 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (first published March 17th 2009)
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I received this book through Library Thing's Early Reviewer Program. I didn't know what to expect, but it sounded kind of interesting (despite the fact that I'm not a sewer), and besides, there's a an adorable embroidered teacup lady on the cover.

What it turned out to be is an wonderfully readable appreciation of antique and vintage kitchen linens: tablecloths, napkins, placemats, aprons, and teatowels. Geisel is an expert on the subject, and has also written The Apron Book and Apronisms.

EllynAnne Geisel does such an incredible job in her research on kitchen linens. This book has stories from women about their childhood memories, their grandmothers, and family. The pictures are extraordinary and the entire book made me feel good inside while reading it.
The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives , by EllynAnne Geisel

This book could be appreciated solely for the beautiful photographs of embroidered, embellished, and lovingly preserved linens, but it is so much more. I adored this book. Every page brought a new memory of my own family—my mother, my grandmothers, my aunts—and how seemingly mundane items like dishtowels and tablecloths can have such a large impact on our lives.

The book includes a collecti
Elise Cohen
"Perfect for the collector and enthusiast, this book is almost overly illustrated with examples of traditional American kitchen linens on every page.[return]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.[return]However, it is completely lacking any historic research or context, any detailed directions on historic or modern embr ...more
I bought the book 3 days ago began reading right away, I really enjoyed this book, I collect vintage linens and I also do lots of embroidery and the words on the page spoke to me, with me and at times almost as if I were saying them myself.

When I see old linens that have been embroidered the first thing that comes to mind was what was the person like, why did she pick this pattern?

It also brought back many old childhood memories and each memory let me once again be with lone gone loved ones that
Enjoyed all the photos of the variety of mostly vintage linens.
Rose Ann
Jan 02, 2010 Rose Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crafters, embroiderers
Recommended to Rose Ann by: found on shelf at public library
Shelves: sewing-crafts
This is by the same lady who wrote "The Apron Book." Charming.

This book made me so nostalgic for the old days that I went to the craft store and bought flour sack towels, and an envelope of Aunt Martha's Hot Iron Transfers! And I am actually embroidering a kitchen towel! I love it! Who else has happy memories of their first embroidery project? Who else remembers stacks of beautifully embroidered and carefully laundered kitchen towels, dresser scarfs and pillowcases?
Krista Mercer
Another winner from the author of The Apron Book. If anything, I enjoyed this book even more, as the author explored the other linens once so common in domestic life - the tablecloths, napkins, dishtowels, and handkerchiefs designed and decorated with such care and skill that they became objects of use and beauty. Seeing the tables laid out with such care definitely brought back 4-H memories!
I want to entertain soon! Even if my linens aren't perfect there are ways around that. I'm ready to thrift store and estate sale shop for "new" linens. Mom got me a great birthday present in this book! I'm inspired!
I figured this was a crafty type book, but it's not. Still, it has some cute stories, recipes and a look at vintage or antique table linens.
For those who love kitchen decorating, this book will appeal. I found a great coconut cake recipe in this book!
Love the photos in this book. It includes recipes - I am going to make the blueberry coconut muffins today!
an absolute treasure! This book should be passed down as an heirloom to future generations!
Gigi Minor
Loved everything about this book! The coconut cake recipe is awesome! I've made it 4 times!
Both good for nostalgia and also inspiration for current use of linens.
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