L is for Linen

Pope County Museum A-Z is a continuing feature of our blog. Periodically, I will highlight an item or items from our Museum collection.

This is a scrap of linen sheet that Martha Jensen Sellgren made in 1903-1904 before she was married.  She dug up the ground, planted the flax seed, cared for it, cut it, retted it (which she did by soaking in water to separate the flax fibers for spinning), then she spun it into linen yarn, which she wove on a loom to make cloth. The cloth in turn, was used to make her sheets, pillow cases and towels for her hope chest.  This is a sample of one of her sheets.  She embroidered her initials on all the articles. 

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