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Since you posted your question 5 years ago, am sure you are well on your way. I developed a love for vintage textiles about 25 years ago. I mainly used books on the subject that were pretty helpful in learning about what was what and how to care for. Some have ideas about how to use vintage linens and laces. You may already have found these, but just in case.....
Anything by Elizabeth Kurella. I found her books most helpful being very detailed and informative:
Normandy Lace Patchworks
A Pocket Guide to Valuable Old Lace and Lacy Linens
Anybody Can Mend Lace and Linens
The Complete Guide to Vintage Textiles
Reigate, Emily: An Illustrated Guide to Lace
Scofield and Zalamea: 20th Century Linens and Lace
Warnick/Nilsson: Legacy of Lace
Niles: Living with Lace
Johnson, Frances: Collecting More Household Linens
Hope you are still collecting!