There are so many influences on Rough Linen™.

I have always wanted to recreate the linens from my grandmother’s house in Scotland and from vintage textiles I found in France.  It took years of searching to discover the traditionally woven coarse linen fabric I use in my range of bedding.

I have always gravitated to natural fabrics: wool, cotton, linen. For years I lived near Ian Mankin’s iconic shop in Primrose Hill in London and loved every fabric he stocked, including a double-width linen sheeting now sadly discontinued. Ian’s natural weaves and stripes are timeless.

Working with beautiful materials has simplified my taste and complicated my life, because I am always looking for the definitive texture, or weave, or color. When I found this linen I recognized its beauty immediately, and as I work with it I appreciate its virtues more and more: easy care, relative stability, strength, straight grain, wonderful texture.

You know those signs in France, 'le patron mange ici'?

Well, la patronne dort ici: I don't just stand by my product, I sleep in it...

My duvet: an Orkney Rough Linen™ Queen.

My pillow: Smooth White Pillow Slip

Behind me: an American Orkney Sham

My sheet is, of course: a Smooth White Linen sheet.

I always cut to the thread for accuracy and fold the fabric as precisely as origami before sewing so my minimal seaming is exact. See me cutting here.

I sew French seams on pillow slips for strength and neatness, and overcast raw seams. I use the selvedges whenever I can.

Gutermann thread, YKK invisible zippers, and the simplest buttons – but the search and the temptation goes on. I am thrilled to have commissioned a finer textured wide linen sheeting (which I call Smooth Linen, unless someone suggests a better name!) which is now available for sheets, pillow slips and duvets.  Fabric samples are available now, just ask.