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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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A is for Algerian: A-to-Z Challenge

Most modern upholsterers create their cushions and backs and arms using limited materials: various foams, and Dacron® or cotton batting.  Occasionally they will use feathers and downs. Traditional upholstery uses many different kinds of stuffing: Palm: algerian (palm leaf fiber) … Continue reading

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