Bonus blog- To wash or not to wash? that is the question…..

DSC01809Well, if you acquire a stunning piece of embroidery or antique or vintage textile , do you risk washing  it or not?

Good question: I will probably horrify textile conservationists and museum curators world wide but, personally, I usually do .

If the piece is fragile and is going to be glazed & framed that’s fine , no need to head for the laundry, but for items that I intend to actually use, then the ability to launder them must be a given. If not, why buy?

After 40 + years of buying and selling these little gems, I am successful 99.9% of the time as I only look for robust bed and table linen, curtains, cushion covers etc.   The intricate cut work and embroidery cloth above left lost all it’s dodgy stains and storage fold lines in two washes.

Some old French linen torchons (teatowels)  disintegrated as I thought they might.Clearly, only the muck and the weird “biological” stains were holding them together!DSC02032

I was in two  minds about this cute “underpinnings pink” nightdress case but I risked it and it came out beautifullyDSC01855 - Copy (3)


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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2 Responses to Bonus blog- To wash or not to wash? that is the question…..

  1. Lynda says:

    Wash! I use a bit of borax and soak them if they are really delicate, but otherwise throw them into a laundry bag on a gentle cycle.


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