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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Caring for vintage silk and fabrics?? Handmade heirlooms in need of some help on: August 27, 2010 08:03:15 AM
My mother in law has some precious items handed down to her from her grandmother and mother.

One is a piece of embroidered fabric, looks like a heavyweight muslin - it's been folded for a long time and has some pretty serious creases.

The other is a silk handkercheif that her father got in Tokyo in WW2 in 1948, with a portrait of him handpainted on it.
As far as I know, it's never been washed. It too, has been stored folded for quite a while.

While showing me this stuff, I told her what little I knew about storing and caring for vintage fabrics. I noted the creases and said it's good to take that stuff out occasionally and refold a different way.

However, the creases are so severe, I told her it may be better to lay them out for a while to see if the creases ease up. I told her to make sure they weren't in sunlight and all that good stuff.

I'd really like to help her get the creases out of these items so they can be framed, that way they'll last a lot longer.

Any advice on getting the creases out of either item?

The embroidered muslin seems like it may be okay to hand wash with a very mild soap, although I'm not sure what kind. Then hand dried and gently pressed. Does that sound right?

I'm totally lost on the silk. For one, it's hand painted and I have no idea if the paint is water soluble. What a tragedy if she lost it. I'm not sure what heat would do to it, either. Not sure if ironing is a possibility, even at a low setting.

Thank you for taking the time to read.
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Quick and Dirty Jewelry Storganization on: June 09, 2010 07:31:14 PM
1 wall
2 nails
1 wallet chain
2 carabiner hooks

a mess of jewelry

I'm moving in a couple months, so I didn't want to make a mess of the wall. I was also dying to get that big pile of stuff out of the trinket box (pictured) and somewhere I could actually see what I had. Hooray!
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a pretty little photo frame on: May 20, 2010 03:40:41 PM
it used to be black, nicked up and hideous.

now it's perfect for a picture of my niece, stella

24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / a tiny vintage fabric scrap revival on: May 06, 2010 11:00:18 AM
I got a couple big ziploc bags full of old quilt scraps at a flea market probably 7-8 years ago. I went through them meticulously, sorting all of it. I hand washed and dried every piece and stored them in a huge acid free photo box.
Of course, my very favorite of all the scraps was one tiny strip, a little over an inch long and less than 1/2" wide. It's so small, I never could figure out what to do with it.

But today I thought about the marble magnets I made not too long ago and figured I could apply the same process to fabric. I think I'll use them in a jewelry project though, because I really want to wear these, lol.

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Where do you buy your fabric online? Looking for some fav sites. on: April 30, 2010 09:14:27 AM
What are your favorite places to buy fabric online?
I like cottons best, and love sale fabrics, remnants and fat quarters.

I've never bought online.

If there is a thread for this subject already, just point me in the right direction.

Thanks bunches!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Cape - monogrammed on: April 23, 2010 03:24:20 PM

I got inspiration from several places.

The second site said they used magnets for the 'ties' at the neckline and I thought that was an awesome idea. I used magnets as well. They were a bit heavy, but hold up well under the fabric + interfacing.
He should love it, he wore a bee costume for 2 whole days several weeks ago.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / tshirt to infant gown on: April 23, 2010 09:17:31 AM

links to pattern and instructions:


DEF! read this one, because i made the mistake myself and had to add fabric to the sides, it's cute, but it would have been much easier had i read the pattern instructions first.

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled costume jewelry? Wire Wrapping Binge - pic heavy on: April 22, 2010 02:32:31 PM
First, the big cuff I made:

I took the pale pink flower from a pair of clip on earrings that my mom gave me. They were falling apart, so I helped it along.
I made a frame for the cuff and arranged my beads:

I made a big spiral to give it shape

Put on the flower

And covered it with beads

Next I made an interesting looking pendant/brooch out of a cameo my mom also gave me. It too, had seen better days.

Without the cameo -- which I'm using in another wire wrap project. It took a long time to get all the old glue off, then I scrubbed it with soap and a toothbrush and baking soda... it's not silver.

I polished the inside a bit more and drilled holes around it

I took the stones from this pair of clip on earrings (one shown)

And went to work:

To finish it off, I glued a piece of black felt and cardboard to the back, the black felt added lots of depth to the design.
Thanks for looking!!

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / inspiration from several crafster purses to make this on: April 19, 2010 12:51:02 PM
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / t-shirt to bib on: April 19, 2010 12:49:37 PM

I cut a bib shape out of the shirt, making sure to cut into the back too so there would be room to fasten the bib

I used a large freezer storage bag to make it 'waterproof'. Hope it holds up, I won't know my niece puts it to the test!

Instead of pinning, I taped it so I wouldn't weaken the plastic

I used a zig zag stitch at the neckline

I did a really sloppy job around the edges, but it's going to get covered in food anyway and I'm sure she won't mind.
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