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I found this homespun, hand-sewn linen pillowslip while I was clearing my grandmother's cottage in Scotland. It was made by her great-grandmother in about 1840, and was in regular use for three generations. When it came to me I used it to store lavender. Years later, by good fortune, I found a natural linen with the same wonderful homespun texture and feel, and I decided to make bedding in this simple, elemental tradition. I call it Orkney.  I am always looking for definitive texture, or weave, or color, the essence of any material or yarn I find. When I discovered this linen I recognized its beauty immediately, and as I work with it I appreciate its virtues more and more: its luster, easy care, stability, strength, straight grain, and wonderful texture.

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