HAND DYED VINTAGE LINEN CUSHION COVERS IN AVERCAMP’S WINTER
A pale, creamy-blush tone that feels natural and organic, this barely-there colour is the perfect shade to bring this old, one of a kind fabric to life. Made from antique French linen that likely dates back to the late 19th Century, this vintage fabric has a history that shows. Each cushion is unique and each carries its own signs of age and the stories that have accompanied it through time. While every piece is beautifully aged, some will show unique traces of use and repair that make these cushions unlike anything that comes out of factory mass production.
Backed with natural linen and fastened with a hidden zip closure, these unique linen cushion covers provide the perfect accompaniment for our Hand Dyed Jewel Velvet Cushion Covers by balancing the smooth velvet with just the right amount of texture.
With a background in costume design that has shaped her distinctive aesthetic, Kirsten Hecktermann is the designer and maker behind our luxurious linen and velvet cushion covers. Tucked away, off the beaten track in her small workshop in Suffolk, she creates all her pieces by hand endowing each item with her unmistakable, aesthetic sensibility.
There is a beautiful, slow process behind the making of every single piece of hand dyed fabric. Kirsten dyes all her fabrics in small batches of only up to 3.5 meters at a time. Her process is entirely reliant on the weather as each piece of fabric is dyed outside, on dry, preferably overcast days which are most favourable for seeing the colour accurately. The fabric is subsequently strung up to dry in her lush, tree-filled garden before being sewn into individual jewel-coloured cushion covers.
Each piece of linen is unique but layers of similar colours run through one dye batch to give the same overall hue. In the process of dying, each length of fabric goes through up to 10 baths of different colours which result in subtle variations and unrivalled depth of colour. The outcome has a very different look to machine dyed fabric off the factory roll. Depending on what the fabric is placed next to, different tones can be drawn out in her unique, ever-changing colours.
To reduce waste, as much of the dye is used up as possible in the making process so that at times, the dye water is almost clear at the end of dying. The water used in the dying process is collected and sent to a sewage works to ensure no hazardous pollutants are released back into the water courses.
Avercamp’s Winter comes in a choice of three sizes:
55cm x 55cm
30cm x 60cm
45cm x 45cm
Material: Hand dyed vintage linen and natural linen
Handmade in Suffolk, England
Care: The colour of these cushion covers will naturally fade with time giving them a beautiful aged look. This process will happen a lot faster if the linen cushion covers are placed in direct sunlight. Dry clean only to preserve the beauty and colour of the linen. Washing is not advisable as the colour will be released and the linen will shrink slightly. Stains and spillages should be wiped immediately and gently with a damp clean cloth.
We have tried to capture the colours as accurately as possible and to show them in lighter and darker lighting conditions. However, due to the wonderful depth of colour, it is impossible to capture the colour completely accurately and to demonstrate all variations under different lighting conditions. If you are unsure about the extraordinary colours of our hand dyed linen, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to advise you.
Some ‘imperfections’ are part of the unique hand making process. Expect each cushion cover to be a little different: variations in colour, small marks on the linen and small specks of colour are all part of the charm of this unique dying process. We encourage you to embrace these as part of the charm of the unique artisanal process and to not look upon them as flaws. These small ‘imperfections’ are part of the process that makes the depth of colour unrivalled by anything found in factory production.