Fall descended upon us with the beautiful coloured leaves slowly falling to the ground,” reminisced Diane Jensen, owner of Shades of Linen in Naramata, which she has run since 2001. “Life slowed down. It is a softer time of year.”  
This autumn gave Diane time to reflect on the busy year at her store which sells comfortable, easy-to-care-for natural fibre clothing, especially linen. “Many thanks to our customers who visited us from places far and wide.”
Diane and her team are busy washing the linens, and creating their samples for spring and summer  2014. They started their layering and cutting in November so the seamstresses could start sewing the new lines.
Clients can request fabric samples that will help them coordinate colours and fabric to their wardrobe.
Shades of Linen is carrying an assortment of sweaters, scarves and jeans this winter as well as a beautiful line of wool gloves that make great Christmas presents.  Of course, the classic linen garments are featured, which are ideal year round. In winter they look particularly elegant when teamed with other fabrics.
Diane’s store will be open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm this winter so there is plenty of time to visit Shades and Linen and shop for Christmas. It will be closed for the month of January and reopen in February.
~ Dona Sturmanis