Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ecru or Beige?



That is the question......


These are some of my newest doily and linen finds! Ecru has always been a favorite color of mine when it comes to linens, especially vintage linens. I mean, I have definitely ooed and aahhed over beautiful, crisp white linens but when I see doilies and linens in any shade of ecru, my heart skips a beat or two.

According to Wikipedia, ecru is defined as "the shade of greyish-pale yellow or a light greyish-yellowish brown. It is often used to describe such fabrics as silk and linen in their unbleached state. Ecru comes from the French word ecru which means literally raw or unbleached."

During and prior to the 1930's, ecru was considered another shade of beige. Since then though, ecru and beige have been regarded as two different colors.

It appears I may have mistakenly believed I was in love with ecru when all along I have been in love with the color beige. Whatever....Ecru sounds so much more sophisticated. Call it what you will. I still call it ecru!....how about you?


Here is a view of four pieces I purchased. At the top is a runner which must be 50" long! It is exquisite. What I found interesting about this piece is that on one side there are crocheted medallions in a slightly darker thread. If you look closely you can see the shade I am talking about. Perhaps they are more of an ecru while the rest of  them are a truer beige. I can only imagine that whoever crocheted this was being frugal and used up the last of some thread in her stash. It matters not to me!!! I think it simply adds to the charm and appeal!


Maybe the two tones are easier to see here in the closeup.


Another very lovely piece. This is about the size of an average placemat.


Three sweet linen dish towels are among my finds.....a lad and lassy embroidered on two of the cream-colored towels (he looks like he is doing a jig) and the third towel is embroidered on a lighter cream linen with perhaps a clover? The leaves look like 4 leaf clovers! 


Whatever the shades may be, they can be mixed and matched (I just love the mismatched look) and combined with other colors and textures sure to give you that charming, vintage appeal on your dining table, or in any room of your house. This just happens to be on my porch.....and the doily on my table is ecru. Thank you.

Have a perfectly lovely day!
Linda


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24 comments:

  1. Hi Linda,
    I love, love your new look on your blog! It really showcases your vintage finds and your talent-you know I am headed over to your etsy shop right now, I am looking for some new pretties to put in my new home when it is finished!
    Warm Hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. Hi Jemma,
      I have missed you over the past couple of weeks. Thank you so much for the positive feedback regarding my blog ' s new look. It is a work in progress and not nearly as easy as I thought if would be. I will work on it when I can. I will actually begin listing vintage linens in my Etsy shop soon. That will be some fun shopping! Hope all is well and look forward to hear about your new home.
      Xo
      Linda

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  2. Love your vintage finds. So pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much. Heading over to your blog shortly to see what you've been up to!
      Have a great weekend!

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  3. Hi Linda, I just love your crocheted linens. Ecru is what I call this color too or sometime a dark ivory. Love the two tone look and that is very much in fashion today. The runner is gorgeous and the darker tone thread makes is very special. Like you, I love the whites but the vintage looking ecru colors just steal my heart. Your blog is looking very nice. Love your new header too.
    Have a wonderful weekend dear friend.
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Good evening Celestina,
      I appreciate your kind words regarding my blog changes....I felt ready for a change and a simpler look. I was aiming to be finished over the weekend but it will take more time to make it just right. .....and yes, ecru colors steal my heart too! Hope you have a lovely weekend too!
      Hugs!

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  4. It was a plessure to visit your blog, i
    like both your colours.
    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    AnnaMaria

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    1. Hi Anna Maria,
      I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! Thank you so much for the visit. Come again!
      Hugs
      Linda

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  5. Ecru or beige? It doesn't matter, they are all stunning. Lucky you! Blessings

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    1. Hi Lesley,
      You are probably correct about that! LOL! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment! Have a nice weekend!
      Linda

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  6. Hi Linda!
    Thank you so much for following back:). And your sweet wishes :). Your vintage findings are lovely!!

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    1. It was my pleasure! I love it when I have time to visit new blogs at these linky parties! Thank you!
      Linda

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  7. Hi Linda,
    So nice to meet you! I call it ecru too. Ecru sounds much more romantic than plain old beige. Your doilies and linens are gorgeous! I do love doilies and I have a few. So glad you popped by and became a follower. I'm following you back. Have a beautiful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Hi Sandi,
      I agree, ecru does sound more romantic! I love doilies and have collected quite a few as you may have surmised! Thank you for popping over for a visit, your sweet comment and the follow. Looking forward to reading more at your blog!
      Enjoy your weekend!
      Linda

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  8. I wasn't aware of the distinction, though I love anything that looks unbleached. So many ladies have kept their best linens packed away. I always wondered what they were waiting for. I use my linens and I think you do as well. Do you ever use them in sewing projects?

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    1. Hi Vee, you learn something new every day. I wasn't aware either. I think the same thing might apply to "taupe." Either way, I love the unbleached look as well. I do use them around the house and in my projects, especially my heart pillows and I recently saw a quilt covered in beautiful doilies and it was begging me to make one. Lol....so at some point I'd love to try a throw sized quilt to start. Thank you Vee for visiting me!

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  9. Linda, just read your comment that your sweet dog is sick. I'm so sorry! It's so hard to know what to do to help them, isn't it? If it was caused by pancreaittis (is that spelled right?) I know she feels terrible. Even though Milo's wasn't that, we have been through that with another dear dachshund we had. I hope she feels better soon and that you can get some rest. Please let me know how she does.

    Your lovely finds are treasures from the past and there is something about these colors that speak to me too. I once bought a big dress size box full of things like this at a neighbor's yard sale, about 40 years ago. I did all kinds of projects with them, some I even wore! And some the kids' teddy bears wore, still do! Many of the items were her own mother's work. Can you imagine getting rid of them?

    I admire you bloggers who know how to make changes in your blog! I'm not quite sure how I did mine, and I'm too afraid of messing something up to change it. I like this new look!

    Love to your sick little girl,
    Dewena

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    1. Hi Dewena, how kind of you to check on my big baby. I'm happy to say that the anti nausea medicine and two antibiotics seem to be working and she hasn't been sick since we picked her up. They gave her iv liquids and her first doses of the 3 meds were injected so she got a second dose this afternoon and she perked right up. Though she's on a bland diet she was ravenous tonight. So fingers crossed we will all sleep well tonight and she appears on the mend.

      I would have loved to find that box of treasures that you found at a yard sale. How nice that you were able to use them. No I cannot imagine getting rid of items like that. My grandmother's are some of my most precious possessions! I should really do some yard sale visits.

      Thanks again Dewena for checking on Ellie.
      I am so relieved that she doesn't have something more serious. I was nervous all dsy waiting to hear from our vet. I know you know what I mesn! Glad your baby is better!
      Xo
      Linda

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    2. Oh Linda, I'm so glad she's better! What good news! The anti nausea med really helps. It's probably the liquid in a syringe that you put in her mouth? That was a two person job for getting it in our little 9 pound Milo.

      Glad you're able to get some sleep at night too.

      Dewena

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    3. Hi Dewena,
      Yes it is great news. She is doing very well. Wants more food but I am trying to keep it on the lighter side. Actually they injected her anti nausea and it's good for 24 hrs. Then I gave her another dose today but in pill form. Then she had two antibiotics.....I can tell you that I sm very relieved. Lol, I can just picture you trying to give milo that syringe. We had a corgi many years ago and she wouldn't have any of it! We had to take her to the vet to have it administered because she got ugly....it was always an ordeal taking her to the vets. Ellie though is very well behaved and she is always cooperative.

      Thanks for your concern Dewena, I appreciate it! Good night!
      Linda

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  10. I am an ecru fan also myself.... these items are just Gorgeous!!

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    1. Thank you Connie! Yes, so far it seems the ecrus have it! I think it just looks "rich!" Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!
      Linda

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  11. Mmmm... those doilies make my heart flutter and sing with joy :) You have such a beautiful collection, my friend. Interesting thought about Ecru and Beige - I must confess I have always said beige, but I like the sound of Ecru better *smiles*

    Thanks for joining Roses of Inspiration. Happy weekend!

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    1. Good morning Stephanie,
      Yes, my collection is growing! Love the ecru pieces so much and it's always fun finding them! I've been thinking about you and your mom. Missing your mom's posts. :) Have a nice weekend!
      Xo
      Linda

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