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Specialising in vintage and victorian linen, lace, textiles from London, Paris, New York, Europe, Belgium basically worldwide.

I have been in the business for over 25 years, specialising in linen, lace and textiles. I believe in selling excellent quality linen, lace and textile items that are unique and beautiful. I have a shop in Alfies, Marylebone, London, West End. Supplying to numerous theatrical and film productions over the years including the famous Les Miserable's show in the West End, London. Please have a look in my Ebay Store for more linen, lace and textiles or alternatively contact us to request other linen, lace and textile items you may require, as we have plenty in store including vintage and victorian linen, lace and textile. Please read my terms for all sales.

Our vintage and victorian linen, lace and textiles are English, French, Vintage, Victorian and period designs with crochet, netting, tatting, cut-work, Madeira features. Beautiful tablecloths, napkins, clothing, cloth, bedding, tableware, table runners, cotton and embroidery are perfect gifts for her and include bridal and embroidery patterns for Weddings. Our stock includes 1920, 1800's, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900's,1930,1940, 1920, 1800's, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900's, 1930 and 1940s. Regal Linen supply UK, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, London, Surrey, Gloucestershire, Europe and France. We stock quality and ship to the UK, London, West End, Putney, Marylebone, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Cricklewood, Brentcross, West End, Gloucestershire even Europe, Belgium and America. Regal Linen often get orders from the following states in the USA: Florida, Georgia, Carolina, Carolina, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Missouri, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Dakota.

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, Linum usitatissimum. Linen is labor-intensive to manufacture, but when it is made into garments, it is valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.

The collective term linens is still often used generically to describe a class of woven and even knitted bed, bath, table and kitchen textiles. The name linens is retained because traditionally, linen was used for many of these items. In the past, the word "linens" was also used to mean lightweight undergarments such as shirts, chemises, waistshirts, lingerie (a word which is cognate with linen), and detachable shirt collars and cuffs, which were historically made almost exclusively out of linen.

Linen has been used for table coverings, bed coverings and clothing for centuries. The exclusivity of linen stems from the fact that it is difficult and time consuming to produce (flax in itself requires a great deal of attention in its growth). Flax is difficult to weave because of its lack of elasticity, and therefore is more expensive to manufacture than cotton.

Vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. The phrase is also used in connection with a retail outlet, e.g. "vintage clothing store." It can also be used as an adjective: "This dress is vintage."

The word vintage is copied from its use in wine terminology, as a more elegant-seeming euphemism for "old" clothes.

Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980 is considered vintage. Retro, short for retrospective, usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Clothing produced more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion. Opinions vary on these definitions.

Most vintage clothing has been previously worn, but a small percentage of pieces have not. These are often old warehouse, or shop stock. These items are usually referred to by dealers as "dead stock", "old stock" or "new-old stock" and can be more sought after and more valuable than those that have been worn, especially if they have their original tags.

The Victorian era of the United Kingdom was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from June 1837 to January 1901. This is the longest reign in British history, and is foreseeably likely to be exceeded only if the present monarch (Queen Elizabeth II) remains on the throne to 2017. The reign was a long period of prosperity for the British people, as profits gained from the overseas British Empire, as well as from industrial improvements at home, allowed a large, educated middle class to develop. Some scholars would extend the beginning of the period—as defined by a variety of sensibilities and political games that have come to be associated with the Victorians—back five years to the passage of the Reform Act 1832.

The era was preceded by the Georgian period and succeeded by the Edwardian period. The latter half of the Victorian era roughly coincided with the first portion of the Belle Époque era of continental Europe.

Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric. Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric.

Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.

Types

There are many types of lace, defined by how they are made. These include:

Needle lace; made using a needle and thread. This is the most flexible of the lace-making arts. While some types can be made more quickly than the finest of bobbin laces, others are very time-consuming. Some purists regard needle lace as the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were [made] from a very fine thread that is not manufactured today.

Cutwork, or whitework; lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled with embroidery.

Bobbin Lace; as the name suggests, made with bobbins and a pillow. The bobbins, turned from wood, bone or plastic, hold threads which are woven together and held in place with pins stuck in the pattern on the pillow. The pillow contains straw, preferably oat straw or other materials such as sawdust, insulation styrofoam or ethafoam. Also known as Bone-lace. Chantilly lace is a type of bobbin lace.

Tape lace; makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine- or hand-made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.

Knotted lace; including macramé and tatting. Tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle.

Crocheted lace; including Irish crochet, pineapple crochet, and filet crochet.

Knitted lace; including Shetland lace, such as the "wedding ring shawl", a lace shawl so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.

Machine-made; any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.

Ecru lace; lace not bleached

History

Objects resembling lace bobbins have been found in Roman remains, but there are no records of Roman lace-making. The craft may have begun in the first half of the 14th century in Flanders (Now on the boarder between France and Belgium).

Lace was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, but did not come into widespread use until the 16th century.[1] The popularity of lace increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe to most European countries. Countries like Finland (city of Rauma), Slovenia (city of Idrija), Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Russia, Spain, Turkey and others all have their own unique artistic heritage expressed through lace.

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I have been in the business for over 25 years, specialising in linen, lace and textiles. I believe in selling excellent quality linen, lace and textile items that are unique and beautiful.

I have a shop in Alfies, Marylebone, London, West End. Supplying to numerous theatrical and film productions over the years including the famous Les Miserable's show in the West End, London.

Please have a look in my Ebay Store for more linen, lace and textiles or alternatively contact us to request other linen, lace and textile items you may require, as we have plenty in store including vintage and victorian linen, lace and textile. Please read my terms for all sales.

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