Is that you?
Well, allow me to help you out.
These first couple of pictures show how easily linen can be made to have that old, found in the bottom of a dresser look.
This is a 32 count Tin Roof linen, note the tiny holes and pulled threads? These are all at one edge of the linen, suggestive of many years of storage and perhaps moth nibbling? It happens!
Many stitchers choose to age their threads after stitching, but may I suggest this?
Now here, as you can see, the threads have been pre-aged. This is a very quick process which, if not monitored, can quickly make your threads unusable, but rescued at just the right time results in a stiff darker hued thread, often separated into its component strands, supremely convenient for stitching, especially as the single strands are of different lengths, allowing you to choose the right length for the project in hand. The freeing of the threads from their labels enables a more random, casual colour scheme.
Now, here is something I think you may not have considered in your quest for authentic ageing.
This embroidery hoop has, as you can just make out, a rough uneven surface. This can, without any effort on your part, catch on your linen, allowing threads to break, and to snag and drag, resulting in tiny holes similar to, but different from, those illustrated earlier. You may also find, for that final touch of authenticity, that it can result in minute specks of blood being scattered on your project, which quickly darken to brown stains which are almost impossible to remove. A wonderful, antique, much sought-after look.
All I need to do now is to reveal how you can achieve this look, add more prims to your dough bowls, suspend more ornaments from your feather trees.
There are many makes available on the market, some of which you may be familiar with, but throughout the many years I have been stitching, I have found the most effective to be this,
The Irish Setter puppy.
This little creature will, without even being asked, turn it's attention to almost any craft.
Here, a rare picture of her at work as she stretches a piece of crochet to a more convenient size.
And here she unwinds a ball of wool, ready for use.
So there you have it.
If you prefer your work vintage, buy a puppy.
Better still, buy this one.
Final thought, you can have her.