Collector’s Corner: Linens for Tea

Collector's Corner: Linens for Tea
Hand-embroidered ensemble with tea set motif on one corner; picoted crochet edging on all pieces; date unknown.

A collector’s passion to set a pretty table

Text by Jeannie McGehee • Photography by John O’Hagan

My love of linens came from dinners at my grandparents’ house. My grandma always had a tablecloth on the table. I have enjoyed all things tea-related since my husband gave me my first teapot when we were married in 1971. It was not until the early 1990s, however, that I discovered my passion for tea linens.