My pure Belgian linen sheeting now comes in three colors, just-off-white, natural, and a cool light grey. Each of them harmonizes perfectly with the original, heavier Orkney fabric, which comes in six colours. I have the Smooth sheeting woven to my specification to be the quality and heft equivalent to brands costing twice as much.
Sheeting is closely woven and smooth in texture, in contrast to the 'rough' of rustic Orkney, which resembles traditional homespun. Smooth white is yarn-bleached for strength, without optical brighteners: it whitens noticeably with washing and use. Smooth natural is neither bleached nor dyed. The light grey is a soft, perfectly neutral shade with a modern feel.
Note: If your mattress is deeper than 12" (30 cm), you will need to go up a size. An 8" tuck is the minimum. For really deep mattresses, I have now introduced a seriously oversized sheet — 127" x 127"
Material: 100% Linen. Strong "Smooth"
twin 80" wide x 120"
queen 100" wide x 120"
king 118" wide x 120"
calking 118" wide x 125"
supersize 127" wide x 127"
Care: Machine wash, dry outside for preference, do not over-dry. Hang still slightly damp to let wrinkles fall out, and spray stubborn wrinkle with water if necessary. My close-woven, commissioned sheeting is water-finished, wash or don't wash before use following your own preference. Allowance is made for shrinkage.
Why I Don't Make Fitted Sheets:
I make these sheets the old way: flat, and large enough to tuck around a mattress.
I am incensed whenever I have to make a bed with a mean spirited, stingily proportioned fitted sheet – straining to get the last corner down, seeing the sides roll up again like window shades if the elastic isn't hooked under the bottom. Once on, the sides too often ride up to expose an unappetizing inch or two of mattress or mattress protector. Part of the problem is that mattresses seem to get deeper all the time: who wants to have to think of these things?
Fitted sheets use far less fabric than a traditional flat sheet, and ‘sheet sets’ not only have a fitted bottom sheet, but the top sheet is usually short. Modern fitted sheets and short flat top sheets may seem like a convenience, but the impetus behind them was to save on fabric. This is a cost benefit for the manufacturer, as he is quite literally cutting corners.
The traditional way, usurped by this twentieth century penny-pinching, was to have flat sheets large enough to be securely tucked in all the way round. Hospital corners provide a time-honored neat finish but if you don’t care, you don’t have to do them!
However, this skill is still very much a feather in the domestic cap, right up there with hollandaise sauce.
As you can see from the video (below), not only is it faster with two people, it is almost fun. Try it with a dear one. You will learn a lot about each other.
"My husband commented on how much he loved our Rough Linen sheets within one month of washings. Rough Linen is timeless, and we love having it in our home."
~ April Womack
"Even during freezing Maryland winters we can't bare to replace our linen sheets, just add more blankets!"
~ Katy Harbin
"The sun is doing its work on our #roughlinen sheets!"
~ via Instram @annaflanagan
"I love texture and pattern and Rough Linen sheets!"
~ Maggie Green
"Just received my sheet in natural! OMGosh! I am so, so happy, and my husband, who doesn't exactly comment on bedding, told me he felt cooler and more comfortable and asked where I got the sheet! Love it, and can't wait to slowly get bedding for all of us, mom, dad, four kids, grandparents…you get the picture! I grew up in Norway on ancient bedding and never found anything I loved here. This is a dream come true. Thank you for taking the time and interest in being an artist for all of us. It is individuals like yourself who change the world, one person at a time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"~ Nina and Bobby
"These sheets have absolutely changed my life. I live in a charming apartment in Brooklyn with tons of light and exposed brick. I've always been a bed-low-to-the-ground sort of person, and these luxurious sheets (2 slips, 2 shames, sheet, and duvet pictured) have made it virtually impossible to leave my bed."
~ Nicolas Hagar
"The day I set up our bed with our new summer bed linen, my oldest son had to test it out—he loved the feel of the linen (just slightly “tickle-y”) and asked if he could sleep in the “new bed,” too... Thank you for a small luxury!"
~ Caroline Lubatti
"Thanks so much, Tricia!. Wonderful material! By the way, we've been sleeping on our lovely linen sheets for a while now. We just love them! The feeling is so decadent. Soft yet textured. People often times ask me what it's like…they assume it must be scratchy. I try to explain it, but all I can ever come up with is that they are really soft but also textured. I also love the history behind linen. The craftsmanship. The multitude of uses. The romanticism of a bygone era. The casual elegance of it. I feel like I'm sleeping in what we were meant to sleep in! And, of course, it's best sans clothing :)
Thanks so much for making such a beautiful, timeless classic!"~ Liz
Rough Linen smooth white sheet and pillow slips at the home of Daniel Hale.
"Living in Florida the weather tends to get hot. The Rough Linen Summer Cover, Pillow Slips, and Signature Sheet have me sleeping much cooler now."
~ Alex Mamel
"Oh my where do I start? I am so in love with the bed linens I recently purchased! The smooth white to the wondrous summer cover and pillow cases - I simply adore them all AND so does my husband. Comfortably cool, yet cozy. With each washing, they seem to get even better!"
~ Grace Lovell
"Love. love. love. My husband and I adore these sheets. I was hesitant to buy flat sheets as bottom sheets because he plays NBA basketball in his dreams. not a problem. the sheets are so generously sized (and we have a deep mattress) that they stay in place MUCH better than the fitted bottom sheets I've been fighting with for years. The texture is divine. Weight luxurious. We are lucky to live on a farm with a giant clothesline so I hang them out-can't speak to how they do in a dryer. Worth every penny. love."~ Kathleen of Salt Point, New York
"I wanted to find special linens to compliment my mom's special Hawaiian hand stitched quilt and found them! Your website was so very helpful and I so enjoyed the experience of exploring it and the assistance it gave me to help me make my decisions. Mahalo Tricia and Aloha!"
~ Pamela Sue Haleiwa Oahu
"I was quite skeptical but read all the wonderful comments on your site and decided to take the plunge. Let me just say, I have fallen in love with my smooth linen sheets! I truly look forward to sinking into them each evening. My little dog Rocky has taken a special liking to the sheets as well! My husband, who rarely comments about items I purchase, so likes the sheets that he told me to purchase another set!"
~ Linda Hainlen
"I love your linen, especially the smooth linen. I have tablecloths for all my tables both here and in NY. And also your lovely sheets!"
~ Christina Brinkman
"From the moment I unwrapped our box to see each item individually folded and bound by a beautiful ribbon with hand-written tags, I knew that I had bought something very special. It was a great experience to unwrap our sheets and pillow slips — the care and thoughtfulness made me smile. Then, our first night with the linen — and what a treat! The sheets and pillow cases were so comfortable. I think the best way to capture how much we love the linen is that on our first night we said 'Good-bye to Egyptian cotton forever!'. We will never go back!