Let’s Talk Natural Fabrics {Design File Thursday} June 23, 2011

Yes, I have a love affair with natural fabrics and it’s a long affair that started when I got my first pair of linen pants and linen blouse years ago.  I thought it was a very interesting fabric it was natural and it had been used for hundreds if not thousands of years ago.  A brief history on the fabric it was used by the Egyptian people as shrouds for burials and they often wore only white because of the extreme heat and it was a fabric that allowed them to feel cooler.  I know must people have a love hate relationship with linen because it wrinkles so easily and sometimes looses its shape.  It’s true it does but it still has a place in my heart as one of the most fascinating fabrics ever.

I am a huge fan of any type of natural elements used to make fabrics or for other uses.  I love hemp, linen, burlap, jute, seagrass and bamboo.  I opened the design file and tried to pull out some items that may be out of the ordinary made with natural fabrics.  Such as rugs being made from linen and bamboo, lamp shades and message boards made from linen and furniture pieces made from linen.  I currently have two sofas in my home covered in linen slip covers and one I have recovered several times over just to get a different look.  So, its a true love for me.   My want is 100% linen sheets and I have whole blog post coming on those soon.  I picked up two linen pillowcases years ago and I won’t tell you how long ago that was and I still have them and each time I wash them they get softer and more comfy.

The fashion aspect of linen is always a reminder of warm days and cool nights.  I included just a few pieces above to just give a feel of light breezy items.  Linen can be used as casual wear to stroll the beach or worn for an evening out.

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TerriawJune 29, 2011 - 5:36 PM

I adore natural fabrics too. They are more prevalent these days, but still seem a little hard to find. I also wish they were more affordable since they are getting more common. Always so fresh and crisp and luxurious!

CynthiaJune 23, 2011 - 1:35 PM

Shari you are just full of knowledge.

ShariJune 23, 2011 - 11:32 AM

All too often, people don’t realize that it’s so healthy for you to wear natural fabrics. They help your skin to breathe properly. Also, no static!

You might be interested to know that wool, as bedding… sheets, blankets, etc, are actually one of the best materials for sleeping in because it regulates your temperature for you! In summer, it keeps you cooler, and in winter, it keeps you warmer… and it’s all natural, too!

I have a bamboo blend throw that is soooo soft and warm, which I love. I also love linen, and have since I was a kid. I got a linen outfit from a great aunt, and I loved the crispness of it after ironing… and it lasts such a long time!

I also love silk bedding… keeps you sooo warm!! I can’t do silk in the summer, though. Too hot! I think linen or cotton is cooler for summer, what do you think?

Sheedia | InspirU CooCooJune 23, 2011 - 11:00 AM

The Egyptians were clever in so many ways, including linen. I would be in the group that dislikes linen because it wrinkles so much, but on warm days it is the perfect thing to wear.

MichelleJune 23, 2011 - 10:29 AM

These are beautiful! I love natural fabrics as well, so relaxing and so comfortable!

CynthiaJune 23, 2011 - 10:27 AM

you’re talking my language love a pop of color!

Jennifer @ Gracious SpacesJune 23, 2011 - 10:18 AM

You know I’m loving all those natural fabrics!! I loved seeing all of your choices & I couldn’t agree more! I love texture & a neutral palette. Then when you throw in turquoise or coral color it really pops & looks like an integral part of a room (or outfit). Thanks for the inspiration! Love your work!!

Baby ShopaholicJune 23, 2011 - 9:58 AM

I am more a neautral person when it comes to home. I keep it pretty basic! Can’t miss!

Coastal Blue OceanJune 23, 2011 - 8:47 AM

Dear Cynthia,

Just Beautiful1

Thank you for sharing.


Coastal Blue Ocean