I can't find my Beatrix Potter books but I'm quite sure it was Mrs. Tiggy Winkle who was " an excellent clear starcher". Anyway, I thought of Mrs. TW as I washed and starched my pillow shams and covers. I boil up my starch in my biggest saucepan then take it and my washed linen outside. Wearing rubber gloves ( the water is HOT and I am too impatient to wait for it to cool a bit) and hang everything on the line. Hours later I bring it in and iron away. This is now done for a year at least. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and I can feel entitled to doing nothing else all afternoon.
I should point out that those pillow covers are not torn, that is the opening in the back where you shove the pillow into. ( I have no idea why my computer is underlining everything now.)
Do you bother starching anything any more?