Charming French hemp sheet, lovely smooth fabric


19th Century

United Kingdom

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Charming French hemp sheet, lovely smooth fabric

This lovely 19th century French hemp sheet has a really sweet hand stitched red cross stitch monogram of the letters LD set to the side of the centre seam - the little stitches are delicate and it is charming. I'm sitting with it on my lap, wondering who did this lovely work over 100 years ago.

As is always the case with these hand loomed antique sheets, the fabric was woven on a narrow 19th century loom and then two lengths were joined with a hand stitched centre seam and it has simple hand turned hems. This piece would make a great tablecloth.

It has seen lots of laundering but this has made it what it is - super smooth and pliable. It may be just a little worn in but it's certainly not worn out! There is a little softness down the centre but no thinning, wear or damage. It has been quite well stored and has just 3-4 small marks which are to be expected in a sheet of this age. Thankfully it has been folded inside out so the inevitable storage marks are almost invisible on the right side of the sheet and they will be dealt with anyway with a hot wash. And it's not too sacrilegious perhaps to cut it up for a project, for upholstery or cushions.

Colour is a pale beigey stone. UK postage £7.

Weight: 2140 grams


  • H: 260cm (102.36in)
  • W: 206cm (81.10in)


19th Century

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Amanda sources textiles, decorative antiques and vintage items from France. Based in Surrey in the UK and at her home in Burgundy in France, she travels widely buying furniture, lighting, mirrors, glassware and kitchenalia. Amanda is a linen specialist and has large stocks of vintage French linen and hemp sheets, tablecloths, teatowels etc. Please feel free to contact her with any specific requests.

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