I have been designing pillow covers for a few years now and I've tried using a variety of fabrics, but I somehow always come back to natural linen. There are a number of reasons why natural linen is my number one when it comes to picking fabric for my designs at Pillowlink.
Some may say that linen is old fashioned and scruffy, but I believe that its durability and hypoallergenic qualities make natural linen one of the best textiles to use for your bedding, table linens and leisure accessories around the house. I have chosen to use it in my own home and I encourage my friends and family to do the same.
Majority of the pillows I've designed are made of 100% natural linen (with the exception of a couple of pillow cases made from natural cotton or cotton-linen blend). I do not feel limited by this fabric, quite the opposite - I love the variety of colours and textures in comes in.
Natural linen does not only mean grey - it comes in a variety of colours and textures, ranging from smooth and almost silky to quite rough and rustic. It does not limit my creative potential, it rather shapes it in a particular way: when designing pillows, I take comfort, durability and health benefits into account. I am conscious of the environment, and I am committed to personal wellbeing. Natural linen is one of the best textiles to serve those commitments.
Strength and resilience
Linen fabric has been known for its strength and resistance for abrasion. It is said to be three times stronger than cotton, and second in strength to silk. It is very durable, so makes a great choice for bedding, table linens, napkins and towels.
I still use linen kitchen towels used by my grandma, and some of the table linens are traditionally passed through generations, precisely because it is so durable and long-lasting. I envision starting my own chest of treasures that I will pass on to my daughters. Natural linen pillowcases are my top pick for the treasure chest as I know they will last for years. It is a great investment in comfort and a natural luxury!
Comfortable and crisp fabric
Linen fabric has been used for clothing for centuries as it is very comfortable and breathable. The more it is worn and washed, the softer and nicer to touch it gets. Moreover, it is naturally crisp, so does not require starching - which is great for pillow covers, as it helps them maintain the shape.
You can get natural linen fabric in an amazing range of colour these days, and the crispiness works great with colour. Colourful linen is even more adaptable to various interiors. You can always pair natural grey linen together with bright coloured yellow or red linen pillows in your interior.
You can have the best of both worlds - all the amazing qualities of natural linen fabric and exciting vivid colour.
Natural linen textiles also make a great canvas for painting! Linen absorbs the paint very well and locks it in, so decorated fabric stays in great shape and is quite resilient to the effects of environment.
Ecological and Anti-allergic
Another important quality of linen fabric (and the reason why I have natural linen pillows, bedding and table linen in my own home) is that it is resistant to allergies. Natural linen fabric does not cause allergic reactions and is great for people who suffer from allergies. I have very sensitive skin prone to allergies and my little daughters suffer from allergies, therefore I try very hard to minimise allergens in my home. That's why I choose natural linen fabric and use it my home as much as possible.
My daughters suffer from various allergies, so choosing natural linen fabric in my home environment has helped to reduce their allergies. They also love colourful pillows and prints that we have at home, so they are not missing out on any fun!
Linen is also ecological, it does not leave waste and doesn't harm nature. I purchase most of my linen fabric from a local supplier, and often try to find scrap fabric to minimise the waste.
I feel that natural linen fabric is one of the best things that my culture passed on through generations and I am very happy to explore the qualities of linen and the ways we can use natural linen in our home environment. Today the access to various exotic fabrics is very easy, however natural linen textile will always hold a special place in my heart. Sometimes the best things truly are right in front of us!