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« on: August 05, 2018 11:55:50 AM »

Good afternoon. I have a piece that measures about 3 feet round and it is all French knots on a piece of linen with a crocheted edge. My grandfather made the piece when he was a little boy (born in 1908). So, I estimate the piece to be probably about 100 years old or just shy of it. I am afraid to do anything with it even though the fabric still feels supple because I know that the threads are likely brittle. My grandmother had it on a table until she died in 2015. It has one small blemish (like a light bluish mark in the fabric and there is something green and hard on one edge and I will not try to dislodge it.

It looks to be in very good condition with slight fading of the threads in some areas. It needs to be washed and pressed or steamed, but I'm afraid to do it myself. Can anyone guide me on what to do to get this in restored condition or at least cleaned? Also wondering if the best thing to do is put it between two pieces of glass of if that would wreck the stitching (like to lay it on a glass table with another piece over the top) or is it better placed under glass and framed?


Any help given is appreciated.

Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018 08:46:51 AM »

I found this:
https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/laundry-linens/linens/caring-for-antique-linens/

Do you have a local cross stitch store in your area. Maybe give them a call and see if they use a local service for their washing and blocking.

I wrote this article a while back that might help.
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/caring-for-vintage-needlework-984399

One more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQa19yGKvSY

I think under glass should be fine.
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