A New Linen Face Cloth
The linen face cloth that has lived in my bathroom for years and years came from my first run of face cloths. I had to go back through my records to try and figure out when that was.
Understand that my record keeping is not always complete. I try to fill out a record sheet for every run of fabric on one of my floor looms. I record the pattern, the length of the warp and in the early days I always added a sample of the yarns I used and a sample of the fabric I wove. That all sounds great. But what I often didn't do was include the date. I found 6 record sheets for linen face cloths dated from summer of 2013 to summer of 2019 but there are also three more record sheets with no dates. I think at least one of those is older than 2013, maybe all of them are.
So the linen face cloth that I just retired is at least 6 years old but possibly as old as 8 years. I know it was the runt of the litter, so to speak. It was the smallest face cloth, small enough that I didn't feel comfortable selling it. And it had a treadling error that stood out like a sore thumb.
I noticed that my face cloth was getting a little thread bare. It seemed thinner than it used to be and while it was certainly not falling apart, I thought a new one might be nice. So I replaced it with a new one from our inventory. Well, son of a gun! The new face cloth is fabulous! It has structure and texture that my old one hasn't had for a while.
My old face cloth lived draped over my shower wall and I used it for every shower I took at home for all those years. I think it has done yeoman's service. Now I'll save it for more tender uses, like washing babies.