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Topic: Is it ok to use old embroidery and crewel kits and thread?  (Read 552 times)
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« on: March 21, 2015 02:16:21 PM »

My Mom gave me some old embroidery and crewel kits (unused) that she had stored for 30 - 40+ years.  I'd like to try my hand at starting/completing them, but I had a few questions:

1.  The fabric is creased from being folded up in the kit for years.  Is it still OK to use?  If so, what is the best way to get the folds and creases out?

2.  The thread in the kits is also old.  Will there be a problem with using it anyway? 

Thanks for your help!!  I appreciate it Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2015 03:10:59 PM »

I hope it's ok, because I've been using floss of unknown vintage - it could be quite old!  Shocked  I would check the strength of the thread by tugging on it.  If it doesn't break, it's probably ok.  Silk and wool thread would be the most likely to be damaged because of their attraction to insects.  Cotton is less edible by critters, so should be ok.  I would wash the fabric and iron it to try to get the creases out, but if it's been folded sharply for a very long time, they may be so set you can't remove them.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015 03:15:17 AM »

Sometimes if the fabric is not stored properly, there may be discolouration, and the fabric may become brittle, so be careful washing it - then again, washing it before you use it and having it fall apart then, is a heck of a lot better than investing the time to make the piece, then have it fall apart .
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015 05:03:08 AM »

Thanks for the information Smiley  Everything seems clean because the kits are still in their packaging.  How do I wash the fabric?  Hand wash with Woolite, or in the machine?

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2015 04:15:07 AM »

I would handwash. Spray starch is apparently also good for getting folds out of cross stitch fabric (never tried it myself).
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2015 08:13:54 AM »

I used vintage and old threads and fabrics all the time. Some of the fabrics are a bit fragile but never had any problems with the floss.
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