When I see an old cloth hankie I am immediately transported back to my childhood. Who doesn't remember their Mother getting the hankie out of her Sunday purse to give you a "spit bath" on the way to church? One not so fond memory is returning a hankie to my pocket or purse once it was used! I don't remember using paper tissues until maybe Jr. High age.
I have just acquired around 175 hankies from two estates. My first lesson in ironing was on cloth hankies and I still enjoy seeing how crisp and pristine they look after they are washed, starched and ironed. Add these hankies to the approximately 250 I already have in The Green Awning Gallery and that makes for a lot of hankies! I have a few sets that are still in the original gift boxes.
As a rule, I do not carry a cloth hankie but I have discovered some other uses. I have tacked a couple of hankies on the fronts of pillows on my spare bed.
I have an apron at The Green Awning Gallery made out of cloth hankies and an apron that the seamstress added a hankie for rhe pocket.
Hankies can be arranged in a shadow box with some other beloved treasures or framed by themselves. I have some beautiful crocheted edged ones with crocheted butterflies in one corner that would be ideal for framing.
A hankie that is extra lovely is a thoughtful and meaningful gift to slip to a friend who is grieving the loss of someone dear to them, when you attend the visitation or funeral.
I've packaged the hankies in cellophane bags with old sheet music labels so they are ready to give as gifts. Come to The Green Awning Gallery July 10th - 14th and get a free hankie of equal or lesser value if you buy two. Until then....