Folded and pressed

I cannot claim to love ironing, my iron and I have shared a very chequered history. There have been long periods throughout the last 25 years or so when I have seemingly managed not to iron a single item for months at a time.

My mother did not enjoy ironing and it became my pocket money chore at a very early age, once I left home she got rid of the iron & board altogether and became adept at careful flat drying of items upon the Aga's hotplate lids.

In recent years I have learned to accept that ironing must be done and indeed I even now press bed linen & tea towels. I do not love to do it but I pace myself with a little each day and that way I can just about keep on top of it all.

There is one type of ironing that I rather love though. New fabric must be washed and pressed before use and the sight of a length of newly acquired fabric blowing on the washing line is sure to lift my heart. The rhythmic pressing of that fresh smelling fabric follows and as my iron moves across the meterage I become familiar with the pattern, the handle, the weave, each colour. I make plans for that fabric and feel inspired as I steam it into smooth submission.

And at the end I have the pleasure of folding that fresh, crisp fabric. Corner to corner, end to end. It lines up perfectly and I smile as I gaze at my orderly stack of beauty.


rachel said…
Yes, I would wash and press new linens simply for the wonderful smell. But otherwise, ironing is an occasional chore, done only when the spirit moves me. The Lovely Son once grew out of a shirt waiting for it to be ironed.....
Jane said…
I like to iron! I think I got that from my mom. But, I give the napkins and pillowcases (yes I iron them) to my boys to make extra money.
It's so nice to see other pre-washers. I love the process of washing new fabric too, especially now it's warm enough for it to dry on the line. And I find that so many more ideas come to me for how to use each fabric once I've handled it through the whole process of washing, drying and pressing it.

Plus with Liberty fabric, it means more time to admire the gorgeous prints...
kristina said…
I actually love ironing. I find it really relaxing. But I'm sure it would be even better with such gorgeous fabrics!

K x
Donna said…
What a charming stack of florals and stripes! I love looking at my new fabric hanging on the clothesline.
Anonymous said…
So all we need to do is convince ourselves we are ironing beautiful fabrics, when realy we are doing the mundane stuff! I iron my sheets and pillowcases - I love getting into bed with freshly ironed sheets!
Gigibird said…
I once heard of a woman who died while ironing (an electrical fault) and I thought what a terrible way to go!
I agree that little and often is the best way...
raining sheep said…
I love ironing linen napkins, something soothing about that and then they look so lovely all pressed and fresh.
Anonymous said…
I really like ironing,i can catch up with podcasts while i iron or listen to something on radio 4.
Where do you buy your fabrics from?
and what are they destined to be?
They are beautiful
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