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February 20, 2009


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Lavender Dreamer

Love seeing your beautiful collection and it's great to have this information! THANKS! Happy Day to YOU!


This is the greatest post ever! It's such helpful information that I will actually use. By the way I live the way the hankies look in a circle like that.


I LOVE that picture of all the hankies! It is magazine or book-worthy! Thank you for sharing your laundering tips for them. I had to go and dig mine out after your last post, just to visit with them for a little while!


ok, those are just beautiful! i want to come over and play! you have the best goodies :) i finally started cutting up (gasp!) my hankies and making them into flowers. i have to go read your last post about how you came to such a collection. they are hard to pass up, aren't they?

jenny g.

Thanks for the info. I've done what you suggested with Oxy Clean in the past, but I didn't know about Whink. I have a bunch of hankies that need a good cleaning.

LiLi M.

When I'm in the States with my family and want to go shopping for rust stain remover I will mention your name, if that is allright with you LOL.
I even have a handkerchief pouch white on white. And here is what I think about it: most interesting coloured handkerchiefs like the ones you are showing here and in the previous post date from the 40-50ties. That was a very poor period for my country. Things weren't bought in abundance and used till they dropped apart. Like my childrens hankies were 2nd (maybe even 3rd of 4th hand, given to me by a neighbour with older children and when I was about 12 I gave mine away too. When you find a childrens' hankie from the 50ties it has been washed so many times that the colors are whitish. So that is why I only have embroidered white on white hankies. So there have been colorful hankies, but they aren't well preserved in general.

robin-Thrifty Miss Priss

they are just beautiful! I love all the tips too! Thank you!


Thanks for the shout-out. I remember ironing my dad's handkerchiefs and I loved that sizzle of starch.


Oh, thank you so much for posting your cleaning tips! In the past two years I have inherited almost 200 vintage hankies and am trying to decide what to do with them. I once saw a gorgeous quilt made in the fan pattern with the fan made of several 'rays' of vintage hankies. The lady who made it gave me an unused block so I would know how it was made. Now with your help I have a better idea of how to clean those hankies.

Linda B

Love your hankies - especially the "L". A friend gave me a powder called SOAK. It's meant for soaking clean your vintage textiles, and it's done a great job for me and is quite gentle. It really takes out the dull yellows. As far as I know it's only available online, I've never seen it in a store.


I'm glad you were able to save the L handkerchief, I just ordered it off Etsy! I thought it would be cute to do something for my daughter's room (her name is Layla). Just have to decide what to do with it!


How bizarre... I was at my parents on Saturday, going through a bunch of Hankies that Mom was getting rid of and in there was a monogrammed 'R' - EXACTLY like the 'H' in your first photo - same print and everything!!!! Too cool!


Your blog is so interesting. I love the way you explain in simple terms and the eye you have for display is so special. Love it!

Stephanie  Coop

Loved this post. I like info on how to care for the old things I find. I have done some Doozeys(something that is bizarre or unexpected) while trying to "clean/ruin" some awesome finds! Love pictures too, it amazes me what just a little starch can do!

laurie - magpie ethel

I don't love to iron, but there is great satisfaction in having a stack of perfectly pressed beautiful hankies...maybe it is because when you spend the time ironing each one you notice all the amazing details. I'm a starch fan too!


I love to play with my linens, too! Thanks for these handy tips! ♥

Shelley G in Iowa

I'm really impressed with how well you do cleaning your linens. I have always bought the Oxy-Clean knock off at the Dollar Tree. I've never used it on vintage linens, but your experience has me rethinking using the knock-off. I have a apron I'd like to try this on right now. I have used Vintage Textile Soak bought at the quilt shop with mixed results.

I am trying resist collecting hankies! I passed on a batch at the last auction I attended! You are enabling me!


I found this today before I headed off for work on Craigslist, I immediately thought of you. http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/clt/1047913511.html
It's dagwood and BLondie Handerkerchiefs!


At a time of so much sadness around here.. looking at those wonderful colors and your thoughts about them really cheered me up!



Whink and Chlorox should NEVER be used on vintage linens and especially on delicate hankies.

It may remove the stain, but just wait until it's laundered again - you will have a HOLE where the stain was.

I have sold and collected vintage linens for 20 years and have had disasterous results with these products.

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