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We have several interesting textile projects in the studio this year, and one of the most challenging is this Victorian Tea Cosy for a private client who has generously allowed the process to be shared. Today I began the excavation … Continue reading
One of the sweetest pieces we ever treated. A widow had several items conserved for the children in the family. This lovely beaded needlepoint had many condition issues: dozens of moth-eaten areas, ripped or broken canvas, a good deal of … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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