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Last updated on April 29, 2022

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welcome to oldyarns. reclaimed linens. etsy store. take your time and look around. we do hope you find a piece you like and take a reclaimed linen home for you & your family.

oldyarns. reclaimed linens. is a range of bed linens and home-wares using antique and vintage manchester sourced from all over the world. our inner bower-bird scours flea-markets, op-shops, antique stores, estate sales for old tea towels, hand towels, table cloths, runners, doilies, sheets and handkerchiefs - looking for a new home. many of these pieces, like hand crocheted doilies are not commonly used for their original purpose anymore, but it seems a shame for them to lie neglected. we marvel at the quality of their materials - pure linens, French, damask and Irish; blends like linen métis and hemp linen - and their craftsmanship - rolled hems, embroidered monograms, cut-work, all done by hand.

these linens carry the soul of the hands whom made them and speak of the tears wiped away, the dishes dried after a family homecoming dinner, a child wrapped warm after his bath, a hanky waved as the trained pulled from the station....

once we have found the original linen, we take pure linen fabric, vintage textile or even re-used potato sacks to create new pieces - pillowcases from a pair of antique French torchons (tea towels), a baby throw from a monogrammed hand towel, cushion covers with a cross stitched doily, cushions and grocery bags using souvenir vintage tea towels. Finishing touches are added with a monogram ribbon, self-covered buttons and cotton tape.

these linens are made for those desiring a return to functional home-wares made of quality and integrity - their added gift is asking us to imagine the march of life they have witnessed on their journey. we have honoured their stories - their old yarns - by naming each collection after an old book: spring 2008/summer 2009 is the "The Golden Treasury of Longer Poems".

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if you have any concerns about your oldyarns. reclaimed linen, please do not hesitate to contact us - we pride ourselves on our quality of craftsmanship & service. we are confident we can work something out. of course, as our pieces are made from reclaimed vintage & antique linens, some over 100 years old!, some slight variations & imperfections are inevitable. we believe these add to the story of our linens.
I accept payment through PayPal or via direct deposit for buyers within Australia. Please email me upon purchase and I will forward you the bank account details.
for australian customers purchases will be shipped with Australia Post by regular mail unless otherwise requested; delivery time is normally 2 to 5 days from dispatch, depending on location. please let us know if you require registered post.

international orders will be shipped air-mail by standard carrier; delivery time to the UK, Europe and US is normally 1 to 2 weeks from dispatch. please let us know if you require insurance.