This has maybe fallen out of fashion, even with myself to a certain extent, but recently I had a situation which I resolved with a little of the above.
When we got married we only had napkins that matched table cloths given as wedding presents and, as money seemed tight for a long time after that, it wasn’t, I think, until I went out to work that I turned my mind to having proper linen napkins as I had had as a child.
When my children left home I used all four in rotation for myself and so they have lasted longer than they might otherwise have done but a few months ago they were in a really poor way with ragged edges and even holes in the middle after years of being folded neatly when washed!
I went to John Lewis to buy some more only to find that they no longer stocked them. Now they were available on-line, I discovered, but I only like buying something like that if I can feel them first and the ones I had found weren’t cheap!
Finally, when I had my machine out for making my cowl neck top and the trousers, I realised that I could patch up the present napkins to extend their life and that is what I did.
And yes! for any very observant people among you, most of these photographs are taken in black and white. I had experimented with taking photographs with my camera on the black and white setting and because I was photographing white napkins against a neutral background in a poor light I hadn’t even noticed. As some of the photographs couldn’t be retaken I just left things as they were.