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« on: February 24, 2011 08:41:33 AM »

So, I've inherited an assortment of vintage hand-tatted/ crocheted doilies, embroidered hankies, and some vintage silk scarves (from two grandmothers and one step-great-grandmother).  Right now, they're sitting in little plastic storage crates to keep them reasonably clean, but I'd really love to find a way to display a few of them--hopefully in a way that doesn't damage them.  Should I look around for frames or shadow boxes, and mount them with acid-free paper as a backing?  Are there any other cool and unsual ways y'all can think of to display these keepsakes?  I'm also thinking that if I do mount any of these, it would be fun to include a card with as much as I know of the background of these items (which is admittedly not much.) 

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2011 05:09:53 AM »

Well, first off, you could just mail them to me and have me take them off your hands  Wink ....how lovely!! I, too, have a few vintage/antique linens that I like to display.  I have this antique apron that was my great grandmother's.  Some days, I will display it on my dress form, other days (special occasions) I will actually wear it.  So long as I launder them in gentle detergents (Mrs Meyer's or any other organic soaps) and hang them to  dry, they keep their beauty.  I also have vintage hand embroidered tea towels and place mats.  I use these for "get-togethers" with friends (tea, coffee, what have you).  As for my one lonely hanky...ahem...I like to display it with my antique books and trinkets on the buffet.  I have a lovely little tea cup that I like to display it with.  Try to use your items (gently) to bring back their "life".  If they are too fragile for use, then definitely take them to a framer and put them in shadow boxes...that would be lovely, too.
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