cleaning 25 year old crewel work

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.
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sjharris
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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val189
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
> On 29 Sep 2005 16:16:17 -0700, "sjharris" > wrote: > > >>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. > > > Wash and rinse well in Orvus, or like product, reblock and reuse.
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Dianne Lewandowski
I did say 'or like product' but I would hesitate to say to someone any detergent as we all know detergents can vary greatly. > > >> On 29 Sep 2005 16:16:17 -0700, "sjharris" >> >> >>>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. >> >> >> Wash and rinse well in Orvus, or like product, reblock and reuse.
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Lucretia Borgia
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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Dorsey
Good point Dorsey. How are you ? Long time no hear :) >
>> On Fri, 30 Sep 2005 10:28:58 -0500, Dianne Lewandowski >> >>>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 >> >> I did say 'or like product' but I would hesitate to say to someone any >> detergent as we all know detergents can vary greatly. >>> >>> >>>> On 29 Sep 2005 16:16:17 -0700, "sjharris" >>>> >>>> >>>>>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. >>>> >>>> >>>> Wash and rinse well in Orvus, or like product, reblock and reuse. >
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Lucretia Borgia
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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Dorsey
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
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Lucretia Borgia
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 Cabaña boys and gardeners?????
Dorsey in VA
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Dorsey

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