cleaning 25 year old crewel work

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I completed a piece of crewelwork back in 1981, and the background has
become discolored.  What is the best way to clean it?  I'm not sure,
but I think the background is cotton.


Re: cleaning 25 year old crewel work

 A crewel pillow I made in the late sixties had gotten pretty yellow in
the background.  I soaked it in cold water and mild shampoo, let dry,
then used Rit dye to turn the background a pale yellow.  LIked the
result better that the original "natural" background.  It didn't affect
the crewel work colors one bit.

Thanks for the reminder - all my pillows, crewel and needlepoint, could
use a bath.


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Wash and rinse well in Orvus, or like product, reblock and reuse.

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I know many here at RCTN tout Orvus as the "only" means of washing
needlework.  I can assure you that any mild detergent will get you the
same results, including dish detergent, particularly if there is oily
residue.

Dianne

Lucretia Borgia wrote:

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On Fri, 30 Sep 2005 10:28:58 -0500, Dianne Lewandowski

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I did say 'or like product' but I would hesitate to say to someone any
detergent as we all know detergents can vary greatly.
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And please make sure that it is clear--as some of the dishwashing soaps
contain dye that can be left in the fabric.
Dorsey in VA

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On Sun, 2 Oct 2005 21:23:59 -0400, "Dorsey"

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Good point Dorsey.   How are you ?  Long time no hear :)
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Hi:

Doing much, much better, Thank you. LOL eyes are still giving me fits--but
at least I can work fulltime now.  And while the full  time work isn't
designing--it is my second love accounting.

But I can stitch again :).  And we'll just take baby steps back to the
designing.

How have you been?  LOL it has been a long time ?

Dorsey in VA
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Dishwashing materials ARE NOT to be used on any old embroidery ,
ONLY soft Baby Shampoo ...
mirjam
On Sun, 2 Oct 2005 21:23:59 -0400, "Dorsey"

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Dorsey - good to hear your voice WAS Re: cleaning 25 year old crewel work
So glad to hear you again.

Cheryl

On 10/2/05 10:22 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@comcast.com, "Dorsey"

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Re: Dorsey - good to hear your voice WAS Re: cleaning 25 year oldcrewel work
Thanks Cheryl it's nice to be back

Dorsey in VA
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On Sun, 2 Oct 2005 22:22:03 -0400, "Dorsey"

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I am fine, living in a condo now so no more shovelling snow or mowing
grass lol    

Your second love is accounting?  Oh tell me it isn't so, all those
figures! lol

Sheena

Re: cleaning 25 year old crewel work
Yup, sorry it's so ;(.  But I'm one of the accounting types that most people
like have around--I find money.  And I find ways to make an account that's
not paying on it's margin --pay on it and then some.  The fancy smacy title
is Financial Accountant.

It's more like solving mysteries that real accounting.  Tons more fun too
:).

Glad to hear about the condo and no more snow removal or grass cutting.  LOL
can I come and watch the Cabaņa boys and gardeners?????

Dorsey in VA
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On Mon, 3 Oct 2005 21:52:43 -0400, "Dorsey"

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I am always willing to share!  The guy on the mower today was quite
cute lol
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