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Frances Normandin’s Bell Hanger

Frances Normandin, great-grandmother to our clients, designed and created the needlework bell hanger (ca 1930-1940) as a gift for her 15-year-old son,  Fred Louis Normandin, Jr., or “Bub.”  Fred was named after his father, the first grocer in the Mount … Continue reading

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Frances Normandin’s Crewel Work, 3: Infill and Stabilization

Continuing from our first post on crewelwork and cleaning Frances Normandin’s beautiful crewel-worked textile circa 1930-1940, and our second on dyes and color choices: The process of infill and stabilization began. Remember that there were two to three repair yarn … Continue reading

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Frances Normandin’s Beautiful Crewel Work, 2: Treatment, Colorwork

Continuing from our first post on crewelwork and cleaning Frances Normandin’s beautiful crewel-worked textile circa 1930-1940: The textile is cleaned, but I want to step back to look at some images (before cleaning) to share some surprising comparisons and talk … Continue reading

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Frances Normandin’s Beautiful Crewel Work,1: Treatment

This beautiful crewel-worked textile circa 1930-1940 is a family heirloom, a stunning example of good design and perfect execution. Frances Normandin, great-grandmother to our clients, designed the brilliant layout and worked the piece, a depiction of their family farm house … Continue reading

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Victorian Firescreen Textile Treatment

This Victorian firescreen, circa 1890-1910, is a family heirloom, created from petitpoint, needlepoint, and cross-stitching, quite lovely when new. Originally it might have attached to a wooden or metal stand, standing in front of a fireplace to shield the family … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Upholstery, 2 Show Cover

Continuing from the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Upholstery, 1 Buildup post, (Or to begin at the beginning go here.) Buildup is complete, and we are ready to prepare the Show Cover of 4-5 oz. vegetable tanned strapping leather. Above, the … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Upholstery, 1 Buildup

Continuing from the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Finish post, (Or to begin at the beginning go here.) The frame is repaired and the finish conserved; Buildup begins! Stickley chairs do not have dustcovers, and so the underside of the canvas … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Finish

Continuing from the Reparation of the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Armchair (Or to begin at the beginning go here.) We began our finish with a quick review of the chair with the repairs completed, above. The chairs were covered with radial … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Frame Repair

Continuing from the Excavation of the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Armchair (Or to begin at the beginning go here.) Reparation of the frame begins with more disassembly, on an as-needed basis for each chair.  Corner blocks are removed, labeled, and screws … Continue reading

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