The Kitchen Linens Book

September 15, 2009


“To my way of thinking, a tablecloth is where all that defines us as a begins.” Thus begins The Kitchen Linens Book. I don’t totally agree with this statement (since not all of us grew up with a cloth on the family dining table) but I do appreciate the statement. I also appreciate the thought that went into this book about all manner of vintage kitchen linens…aprons, tablecloths, napkins and appliance covers, to name a few. 

EllynAnne Geisel writes in an approachable and conversational style loaded with Southern charm; although some of that charm becomes a little irritating after awhile. As a vintage cloth collector she is very knowledgable about her subject and has authored two other books, The Apron Book and Apronisms.

This book features several nice touches. For one, the numerous full color photographs are just plain fun! The vintage textiles seem to pop right off the page. Another nice touch is that Geisel not only relies on her own collection and anecdotes but those of others as well. Spaced throughout the book are highlights “From the Linen Closet”.  Geisel even throws in some delicious sounding recipes.

The best feature, however, is the fact that Geisel has included a collection of vintage Butterick transfer patterns! These patterns are reproductions of the original February 1945 kitchen motifs (similar to the design on the book’s front cover). They are stored in an envelope attached to the inside back cover of the book.

Having never tried this technique, I hope to make some towels of my own and share the results with you. If you would like to do the same or just learn more about vintage kitchen linens, this book is available at major chain bookstores and, of course, can be ordered online at      


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