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« on: July 20, 2008 06:47:35 PM »

My great aunt, shortly before she hit ninety, was cleaning out her home and gave me a lot of her old crafts that she never got around to doing. Great stuff- little kid aprons shaped like dolls for my mom when she was about three--- stuff that people are calling vintage nowadays and selling on eBay, and I LOVE it. Problem- age stains. Case in point- a beautiful piece of white cotton pillow tubing, still not cut apart, with a design of flowers stamped on it and the label for the store a piece of paper pinned to the fabric. The store, incidentally, hadn't existed for about fifteen years. My mom's eyes popped when she saw it; it was great. Anyway, in a time-honored tradition of procrastination and craft ADHD (YARN BOUTIQUE! *raids*) mixed with a healthy dash of the kind of ADHD inherent in 12 year olds, they sat for about four years and I've just now finished them. Long story short, I need something that will treat the stains but not ruin the embroidery. Any ideas? I did have to embroider them before I tried to clean them because the pattern would have washed out and all would have been lost. Help would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2008 02:40:11 PM »

They sound really nice, you should post some pictures.  Maybe soak them in a very weak solution of oxyclean and water.  Or even dye the whole piece of fabric with tea bags.  Hope it works out for you!
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008 07:43:16 PM »

I was going to suggest a tea bath too or maybe an off white dye?

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