Vintage, Handmade & One-Of-A-Kind Linens, Lace & Hankies
Collect Vintage & Antique Linens
In olden times, the traditional bride's dowry began with her hope chest of linens.
As soon as she could manipulate needle and thread, she practiced embroidery and lace making, adding piece after piece to the chest. Friends and relatives contributed treasured
antique and vintage heirloom linens.
Older Linens, Lace & Hankies Are Unique
Vintage and antique linens were usually handmade to suit the individual homemaker's purpose.Many don't fit neatly into a category. Thus, there is overlapping and cross-over between categories. On Hearts-Desires each piece will be displayed only once; but possibly not in the category where you first expect to find it.
The white boxes to the left show the basic site contents. Most of the basic product titles link to further, more specialized, sub-categories. There are thirteen sections of hankies alone! And some of those sections contain three or more pages! White boxes at the top and bottom of each product page show links to the most closely-related categories, in case you wish to expand your search. For example: The table runners section, three pages in itself, shows links to table toppers.
Linens are classified by purpose rather than style. If you are looking for a specific attribute, enter your keywords, such as "folk art" or "tambour lace" into the search box below the contents.
You may also wish to check our Needle Arts page, which displays some of the finest handmade antique and vintage linens available. Most of these aren't categorized, but may be adapted to your special purpose.
The articles are a mixed bag. Some, such as "Collecting Vintage Hankies", are designed to introduce the beginning collector the many possibilities available. Some, such as "The Wonderful Little Buttonhole Stitch", consider a single aspect of vintage linens in minutest detail. Some, such as "Web Pages Are Copyrighted!" were written out of personal experience, and may be of interest to others who enjoy shopping for linens on the internet.
Note: Photos illustrating the articles show actual examples of vintage and antique linens that were available at the time the article was written.The items may, or may not, still be available. Although our pages are updated frequently, the page might have originated some time ago.
So, again, enjoy browsing our site. Thank you for visiting. New items are added almost daily; so, "Y'all come back!"