"I'm slowly taking over the man cave," she said, laughing.
One item that fits quite nicely there is a needlepoint bell pull decorated with game animals that Harper found in a shop. She couldn't resist when she realized it still had the ribbons the piece had won at a county fair pinned to the back of it.
"I felt like I was rescuing it," she said.
Harper learned needlework and how to sew when she was a girl and is a hobby quilter now, so she appreciates the time that goes into embroidery, cross stitch and crochet.
Some needlework has become a bit of a lost art, she pointed out. She has collected a few pieces that are worked in filet crochet, which is done in a grid that allows for the creation of letters or other shapes within it.
Harper most often buys linens for as little as a quarter. She paid a whopping $12 for a 1940s laundry bag that has a hand-tinted design on it.
"I had never seen one before," she said.
Often, vintage linens are soiled or yellowed, something that occurs because of starch or detergent buildup or because of how they were stored.
Harper recommends storing precious linens in cotton pillowcases. When storing in a dresser, make sure it is lined so that varnish in the wood doesn't leach onto the linens over time.
"Never use plastic," she said.
She recommends a product called Retro Clean, a powder containing sodium perborate that removes yellowing.
When a linen is damaged beyond repair, Harper suggests finding a way to repurpose it.
"You can use it for cutter cloth," she said, a term that refers to cutting up the linen and making it into something else. A tablecloth worn on one end could become a tote bag. A frayed hankie may have one good corner that could be used to embellish a pillow or tote.
A bit of lace here and a hankie there can be incorporated into a fabric collage.
"There are lots of books at the library about repurposing," Harper said, pointing to a book about making girl's dresses from pillowcases.
While Harper finds most of her linens on local jaunts, she occasionally buys something unusual that catches her eye at online sites such as etsy.com. Those sites also are a way to learn more about linens and their origins, she said, because sellers often offer information.
Harper said she's promised herself that if her large chest of drawers ever becomes too full, it will be time to get rid of some linens.
Of course, she'll make sure they go to a good home.
She blogs about linens at threadsinthenest.blogspot.com.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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