I think you're right, Susan. I have a slew of linen tea/dish towels that I've inherited from various places (mother, GM, aunt, great-aunt...) so I haven't ever made any. I did find some linen ones at a discount store about a year ago, though, and thought I was so very lucky to find "real linen" towels at such a cheap price. They did exactly what you describe, just fuzzed every trip through the wash. I think they are linen, but they seem to have all sorts of little odd ends, and I think it is the short fibers. Kind of like silk, you can get the good stuff out of those long, strong fibers, or you can get the cheap stuff made from the short leftover bits.
I use linen towels all the time, mine are mostly the stupid looking ones with big pictures on them. Handkerchief linen would be much too lightweight, these are actually heavier than blouse weight and on the way to pants weight. Depends on your use, however, I also have a lot of napkins that are about blouse weight, and they hold up well for that. Thanks to my aunt, great aunt and grandmother I now have 79(!) of these linen napkins like in the upper left hand side of this picture. I also have a drawer full of the corresponding tablecloths, which is why I was so interested in Carolyn's jacket she made from a jacquard tablecloth a while back. Anyway, something between blouse weight and pants would work well, and hold up. Obviously, this stuff lasts forever! K
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