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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,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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Taking Care of Your Antique Quilt

When in doubt, ask a conservator before proceeding.  Most conservators will offer assessments at a low rate, and an hour of their time might save your heirloom. A good rule of thumb is to treat your antiques like you would … Continue reading

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Q is for Q-tips: A-to-Z Challenge

Okay, I am giving it away.  My super secret cleaning tool.  Q-tips Brand Cotton swabs and elbow grease.  Sometimes, a bit of distilled water.  That’s it.  I cleaned the entire Marguerite McLoughlin Chinese Lacquer Sewing Cabinet using 10,000 Q-tips.  Why … Continue reading

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