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Red and White Check WLN 677


100% linen, ~5 oz., 59" wide

This linen has intersecting stripes of dark red, the size of the lines are extremely similar to several original check linens found in museums. Most checks available today are half white and half red. The majority of checks found in the billet books at The Foundling Museum in London are mostly white with narrower stripes. This fabric could be made into specific ethnic women's aprons, children's clothing, but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros). For example in London's The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, of 1805 a woman "was indicted for feloniously stealing . . .  a cotton frock, value 2 s." Later a question was asked "Had any part of the clothes been taken from it?" The answer came as "Yes, a white dimity petticoat, and a red check frock". White 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 08 June, 2017.

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