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Posted by sis2two (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 26, 14 at 17:25

Thought I would give an update on my first night using my Rough Linen bedding. I live in Virginia and wouldn't you know that the first night of using my summer bed cover only, the temperatures were in the 50's. So I literally froze I tell you! The other thing that I discovered is that I should have washed my flat sheet and bedcover to soften it a bit. For me, it was a little scratchy. Today I washed everything twice, and it feels much softer, yay! I have always had sensitive skin and I needed to get rid of the newness so to speak. Aside from that I do love the bedding!

Cyn- what do you think about the bedding?


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Also, you might notice some pilling, which has happened to all my linen sheets. No biggie, and goes away with use.


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Violet- thanks for letting me know that. Glad to hear it goes away with use.


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Sis, I like them. I love the look of the cover on my bed-looks like it was meant for the old bed-and the color of the sheets is so pretty and creamy. I think the texture of the sheets is fine for me and I like the Orkney cover. I am afraid I would never be chosen to play the princess and the pea. ;) not such a sensitive one, I guess.

I am surprised your linen sheets pill, Violet. I have never had any 100% linen pill. Hmmm...I will need to watch for that.


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Sis, I didn't wash my flat sheet, slips, or summer cover until I used it for a week. I just now changed the sheets again because my mattress pad came yesterday. I washed it last evening but I was too tired to strip the whole bed last night as it wasn't washed and dried until after ten. I wasn't terribly happy with the mattress pad as I thought it was 100% cotton. The cover is but the fill isn't. I still think it will be a huge improvement over the pad that Sleepy's insisted I needed to have the mattress covered under warranty in case of spills. It was expensive and thin and developed creases that felt like iron ridges to me.

I love a textural sheet and love crispness so much I am considering ironing the pillow slips. I wonder if a hot iron would damage the linen? Violet, if you are reading this do you know?

I'm sorry that you were so cold last night. If it's cold tonight throw a blanket over your summer cover.


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You can certainly iron them. I don't know how hot you should put the iron on (I certainly don't iron them!) -- I think this would be a question for Tricia Rose.

By "pill" I mean I get little clumps, almost like scrapings, which come off completely. they look like little wads of toilet paper and end up on my carpet. The sheets themselves don't pill like sweaters, leaving an uneven, bumpy surface.

I don't mind it because I love the feel of the sheets so much. My Restoration Hdware sheets pilled like that worse than the Rough Linen, as you might expect.

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Thanks Violet. I hate the thought of pressing them and they are so wonderfully cozy. I just want to see if they get the crisp look that my linen blouses get after pressing. I guess that is ridiculous though because I love how the pillow slips feel. I noticed that they don't twist on my pillow like percale does so I don't wake up with crease marks on my face. I am so thankful to have them.


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"The sheets themselves don't pill like sweaters, leaving an uneven, bumpy surface."

I want to clarify that sentence to make sure it's clear that the sheets remain smooth. It's the sweaters that are uneven and bumpy!

Funny, I never liked linen shirts much -- too scratchy. But I love the "hand" of the sheets. They weight feels right, and the texture on the skin . . . I can't explain it; it's like it's soft and rough at the same time.


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My bedding slept so much better last night after washing it and adding a blanket I might add.

I am thinking I will get the duvet as the weather gets colder. Do any of you have the duvet and if so, do you use it without a top sheet? I must admit that I am liking not having to contend with the top sheet.


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Sis2two,

Do you mind if I ask how you laundered your linen bedding?

After reading everyone's adoration of their rough linen sheets, I dragged mine out again. And again I love, love the size of the sheets (I have top and bottom), the design of the pillowslips, and the luxurious look of it all. But I can't say I love the texture. I've washed them several times by now (never had any pilling issues). I've dried them outdoors and in the dryer. I've ironed them and not. I'm trying to decide if a bit of fabric softener would be a sacrilege.

I'm getting ready to switch to a king-sized bed and love the idea of the huge oversized rough linen sheets -- if they were just a bit smoother. Maybe I could find a like-minded cadre to lobby Ms. Rose to develop a fabulous line of long-staple cotton sheets!


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I am asking myself the same questions about doing the duvet and whether we would not use the top sheet. We always have, and the last couple of winters, we've hardly used the duvet. A top sheet and the down blanket give us the weight and warmth we need most of the time. I guess we will see if DH misses the summer cover. I may come to wish I'd done the complete bed makeover.

DH has ironed the pillow slips and not ironed them. This past weekend, he also ironed the sheet. I think he was bored after sending both boys off to college. I know I won't ever press the sheet. It probably makes more of a difference on the slips than the sheet and more for my smaller contoured pillow than his large king pillow.


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Nutherokie, you posted while I was typing. We have washed ours and hung to dry (though we don't have a line and it's a challenge), tumbled dry and tumbled partially dry.
To me, the sheet is smooth, but it's a crisp smooth. The Orkney cover is not as smooth, but you can getteh cover is the smooth fabric.

Trish does caution not to overdry and I think my pinafore got stiff that way when in a load of general clothing. It recovers with wear and/or the next washing. She says you can spray it with a bit of water too.

She also cautions to use a gentle detergent and never to use Tide. You might try a different laundry soap -- or even running them through the washer without any soap. I always do a second rinse on my laundry -- that might help.


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I launder mine with extra water and rinse, and use a mile detergent (Mrs. Meyers basil, by preference). I dry on low heat; or actually using my dryer's "energy saver" setting, which I love. No problems at all.

I use the top sheet, and my old down comforter, with a cover (want to avoid the confusion about what a "duvet" is). I also sleep on a wool mattress pad, which I love. I'd love to buy a linen comforter cover from RL, but don't need it as much as I do other things. I bought a linen comforter cover from RH, but don't use it because it's of a heavier linen and it's just too heavy.


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I have been using my summer cover as the top sheet with nothing else on top of it. This winter I may still use it as a topper. I always sleep hot so my coverlet does fine even when it gets bitterly cold. Even then I often kick it off.

I launder in Mrs. Meyers Lavender thanks to Cyn. I dry on extra low but I so want to line dry. I am going to coax hubby into a line strung between trees. If the birds bombard it I will give up on line drying.

Sis, I am so glad that you slept more comfortably last evening.

I am definitely on my way to the dream bed. The mattress pad that I purchased from the Company Store added a level of comfort as it doesn't crease like the other pad. I still am contemplating the wool mattress pad.


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Thanks Lascatx and Violet.West!

I've been using the LeBlanc liquid recommended on the Rough Linen site, so I don't think it's a detergent issue. And when I dry indoors I only dry to the damp stage. I suppose I've become the persnickety pea-picking princess in spite of myself! I'll try the extra rinses (if I can figure out how), and I'll be extra careful when I finally launder my pinafore.

Violet, do you have the wool fleece matress pad? I've been ogling one for years. Maybe with the new bed.


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nutherokie- I laundered mine twice with the cold water wash and Mrs. Meyers lavender laundry detergent, purchased at Target. I dried them halfway through on medium heat and then changed to low until they were dry but tried not to over dry them. Like Hollykay, we live in the woods but plan to run a retractable clothesline between two trees.
What is interesting is that I was on the web and found that several people including a linen business saying that the best way to soften linen bedding is to wash in hot water as this does something to the fibers. The only thing I would worry about would be shrinkage, but the RL does not seem to have shrunk very much if at all. I did wash mine on a long wash cycle and added an extra rinse cycle. I really believe the more you can wash it, the softer it's going to get. Hope this helps!


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I wash mine in cold water. I would think line drying would make it stiff.

Yes, I have the wool fleece mattress pad, and have slept on one for years. Sooo worth it!


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Violet, is the wool topper too hot in the summer? My body must be like an oven. I am always whining about it being too hot but DH says it's fine. I am looking for a retro table fan because bedroom ceiling fan isn't working and I want to replace it with a light.


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The wool topper isn't too hot, but I am. The wool (covered by the sheet, of course) actually helps. But I do sleep with fans --

FANS ON THE FACE, ladies! and air conditioning, of course.


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Violet, I spent a good bit of time trying to find a vintage style table fan. I saw a beautiful Vornado model called the Silver Swan but wouldn't you know I can't find one. Amazon says they are not available and don't know if they will be. I found another one but it gets mixed reviews as in love/hate. It is so frustrating. I want it to not be terribly ugly and I am fond of the vintage style as they remind me of what we had growing up. Air conditioning is not enough after a certain age!


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hollykay- not sure if I'm remembering correctly but don't you have a Tempurpedic mattress? I have a Tempurpedic and we were told not to use any type of mattress topper. Tempurpedic has a cover which supposedly lets the mattress breathe. The brand new Tempurpedics come with one but older ones don't. When we purchased our mattress we purchased on that was supposed to be a cheaper version of the Tempurpedic one but it was horrible! Stretched out and creased badly under the sheet. Anyway just wanted to let you know in case you weren't aware of this.


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Sis, yes I do have a Tempur-Pedic, but Sleepy's said that in order to warranty the mattress it needed to be covered with a pad that they sold. Like the one you purchased it was expensive but thin and cheaply made and bunches terribly. I love my mattress but that pad took away from the AAAAAH experience that it should be. Did you take the thin mattress pad off? I can't imagine not having a pad on the bed. I get so overheated that I would think I would soak the mattress without protection.


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Holly-Kay: I have found it's not worth it to spend a lot on fancy fans--the small motors in fans do not last more than a year or two. They're not pretty, but they are essential for me.


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I actually took that horrible pad off about 2weeks ago and was all set to order the Temperpedic one but the reviews are horrible! If you find something that works well, please let me know. I hate not having a cover but I actually find my mattress cooler without the cover I had.


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Sis, the one I just bought gave me a great night's sleep. No creases at all. The top is all cotton but the fill is poly so that may not work for you.

I read in the reviews, on the company store site, people saying it made their memory foam bearable. My mattress doesn't make me sleep hotter because I always sleep hot no matter what but getting rid of that nasty pad that Sleepy's sold me made my sleep better than ever.


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Can you tell me with pad you purchased?


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Sis, I bought the TCS Cool Max. The queen size was only $99 plus 14 or 15 shipping. Read the reviews on their web site.


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Thank you! I have not liked going without one so I'm going to order it tonight. Oh the price of a good night sleep,lol!


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Wow, being back at school is really interfering with my keeping up here!

I plan to iron my pillow slips for sure. Linen can be ironed on the highest setting when it is damp-I have linen fingertip towels in the powder room. I imagine it is fine to launder hot, but I do all my laundry in cold. Linen is really quite tough. It will definitely soften over time, too.

I plan to wash mine on Sunday with my Mrs. Meyer's lavender soap. Love that stuff and only have enough left for one load. Need to get more! So glad you like it, Holly-Kay. Sounds as though Sleepy's has quite a racket going. Never heard of having to buy a particular mattress pad in order for a warranty to be valid! Sheesh.

Sleep well everyone! :)


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Sis, I hope you like it as much as I do.The reviews that I read are all right on target with my experience. Honestly I am getting to the point that I don't want to get out of bed.

Cyn, I want to try ironing them as I love a crisp sheet and pillow case but there is no way I am going to iron the sheets. I like the big flat sheets so much. No more fighting those darn fitted sheets.

I love my mattress but I won't purchase again from Sleepy's unless I can't find what I am looking for elsewhere. At my age this could be the last mattress I will need.


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Violet, do you recall what brand fan you purchased? I remember Vornado from long ago. I also think Oster made fans.


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I have bought many fans by many brands over the years. As far as I can tell, no brand is better than any other.


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Violet, I ordered a Vornado small room air circulating fan today from Amazon. I promised myself before going to bed that if I had another night of feeling uncomfortable I was buying one even though it is the end of the season. I kept fanning myself so I knew it was time to order. It was only $30 so if it bites the dust in a few months no biggie. I hope with fall and winter coming on I won't need the fan much until next summer.


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Sent for my Rough Linen samples last Friday and they arrived today, all the way to Canada - wow!

Love the color and texture of the Orkney Natural and the St Barts blue is simply beautiful.

Question ...... the Strong White Linen feels just a tad smoother and less crisp than the Smooth Natural - is it just my imagination?

I sense a retirement gift for moi from moi soon :)


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wouldn't "smoother" mean . . . more crisp? I guess I don't know what the heck "crisp" means. (confused)

except potato chips in the UK.


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The Strong White is smoother where the Orkney has a more "nubby" texture to it. I like that the bed sheets are made from the smooth material as I think the Orkney would be too rough to sleep on comfortably. I have the Orkney white summer cover and I like it too. It has a more homespun appearance to it.


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I love the smooth sheets too Sis, I agree that a nubbier texture may not be great for sheets.

Dawn I think the slight difference in texture is because the natural is un-dyed so less processing. I hope you love your new linens.


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lol Violet, not quite as crisp as potato chips :)

I only have the small samples, so maybe it's just my imagination. The Strong White Linen just seems to "fold/bend/crumple" a bit easier than the Smooth Natural Linen, and it seems a bit smoother to the skin. Probably after laundering, they are both the same....

I do love the feel of them all, though!


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Dawn, I ordered a couple of larger samples before deciding. The St. Bart's Blue is beautiful but doesn't go with the blue in our room. I put smooth white sheets and the natural Orkney in my cart, but somehow the order got twisted and went in as all natural. I get to see the natural sheet folded and handle it a few times. I do think the feel is just slightly "more natural" but I wouldn't call it less smooth. I do think the weave is the same, but the fibers have been processed less. I suspect, as you do, that any difference would even out after a few washings.


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So, who's going to be the first to order the new linen towels?


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I was just coming to post that

Here is a link that might be useful: Rough Linen bath towel


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In case anyone is interested in a snug fleece wool mattress pad they are having a 20 off sale through labor day. The code is Labor14

Here is a link that might be useful: snug fleece mattress

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Denali, I have to confess that after getting my RL email re the bath towels I will have to bite.

I have needed new bath towels for months now. I bought some lusciously thick towels and had them monogramed for my grandsons to use when they visit. The other day I was out of clean towels and I used one of the boy's towels and they were horrible at drying. They felt great against my skin but it took forever to dry off so I knew I wasn't ordering those. I figured a thinner towel would work better. Then I opened my email and saw the new bath towel line. What really got my attention was the line about them not getting a musty smell. I will only order one to make sure I like it but honestly it has to be better than the towels I ordered from Frontgate.

If you order before me let me know what you think!


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Holly

You go first! I love the black one.


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Denali, I love the black too but it would look icky in my bathroom until I remodel so I will stick with white. I want to get some more pillow slips and napkins before I order towels though, so maybe some one else can be the guinea pig?


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Oh, I got that email, too! I am sure I will get a couple. I have been so happy with the sheets and the tablecloth with the runner looked wonderful for my neighborhood party. Let's see...still to order...towels, pinafore, more sheets...Wonder if Trish will ever make a linen suit like that amazing white one Ingrid Bergman wore in "Casablanca"...not that I would have a crew to make sure I had no wrinkles and not that I would be able to carry it off in quite the same way-ha-obviously...golly, I have always loved linen and feel thoroughly indulged now!


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I didn't get an email about the towels. I imagine they would be nice though. Definitely want to get another set of sheets and pillow slips before purchasing towels. I hate to keep washing the same set over and over! Afraid I'll wear them out, lol! The good thing is that they do get softer which I am loving.


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Sis, I have two sheets and only one summer cover. I think I will use the summer cover in lieu of a top sheet and will only launder it every other change of linens.

I need another set of pillow slips, shams, and napkins then I want the bath and hand towels.

Geesh GW members will keep Tricia busy!


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I am definitely going to order the bath mat, too. I think I will enjoy the look of it as much as the feel. I have a terry one now, but this one would be nice. I would like to get a couple king size pillow slips just because I like having the extra fabric to completely cover the ends of the pillows. Will probably get the apron instead of the pinafore. I need to spread out my purchases, though. Oh, and I definitely need the bed skirt for the downstairs guest room! Jeepers, I could go on and on.

Oh and I washed the sheet, summer cover, and pillow slips today. I put the sheet on the bed to dry and stretched and smoothed it. No need for ironing! It looks wonderfully smooth. I did iron the pillow slips. Looks so nice! The summer cover is rinsing now.


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Uhoh. I discovered a spot near one of the side hems on the summer cover that looks like it could turn into a hole soon. It looks like an imperfection in the weave and is already almost a hole about 3/4 of an inch long. I tried to get a photo, but it doesn't show enough. I will need to use a real camera rather than my iPad. Do you think I should let Trish know? I would hate to end up with a hole after only a couple of washings in a gentle front loading washing machine.


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I would let her know and I'm sure she''ll stand behind it.


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cyn- I'd let her know too. I feel sure she would replace it. Makes me think I need to check mine.

holly- I have decided to wash the summer cover every other week rather than weekly with my sheets. I had my dh hang up a retractable clothesline between two trees today. Once it was up, it occurred to me that he hung the line where I could reach it at 5'2". Now I'm thinking my king sheet and summer cover will be dragging the ground. Not sure how that's going to work out. I can't wait to see the bath things by RL. Will see if it's on her website since I didn't get an email.


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Cyn, definitely let her know. She wouldn't want something going out that is defective, I'm sure. I know if it were my company and my reputation I would want to know about it.

Sis, let me know how line drying goes. I want DH to do that for me too but it will be a few weeks until he gets around to it because he has some trips coming up.

Cyn, aren't you concerned that the damp sheet will make your mattress pad damp? I love the idea of smoothing it out and letting it dry flat. Did you dry it slightly in the dryer first?


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Holly, no, I didn't dry it at all. My washer spins at 1200rpm, so things come out barely damp. I will find out in an hour or so if the mattress pad ended up damp, I guess. ;). Will let you know.


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Sis2two -- because of this post, I ordered the piney -- I absolutely ADORE it -- it came today and I will be wearing it every day! Love the feel of the linen and it keeps stuff off my regular clothes and I got the natural which is perfect with the jeans and solid color ts and turtlenecks and blouses that I normally wear. I can keep the phone in my pocket so it's always handy and I can wear it inside and out. If it wasn't for your sheet post, I would have never went there so I owe you a big thank you for finding something that I have been looking for but had no success on my own!

THANKS!

Martha


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