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Blue Black and White Check WLN 690


55% linen, 45% cotton, ~5 oz., 58" wide

Check linens of the 18th century, sometimes, have two shades of blue. This check has a true blue along with black (indigo can be as dark as almost black) along with very narrow white lines. Blue checks are the most common found in runaway descriptions and swatch books from the 18th to early 19th century. Check linen was commonly made into women's aprons and men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), trousers or even bonnets. In the 1770 Pennsylvania Gazette, "Run away . . .  an English servant woman . . .  took with her . . .  several aprons, one of them check linen" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Navy blue or black35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 10 August, 2018.

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