Friday, October 1, 2010

Question for Smart Needlework People

This lovely cross stitch and a companion piece of a partridge/pheasant/turkey/peacock bird were, until quite recently, hanging in my late great-grandmother's home. Ahem. I leave it to your imagination as to how they are now in my possession. ;) Anyway, they were done by my grandmother quite some time ago. My question is - what is to be done? I am sure there is not a single acid free product in the whole shebang. I do not know if the dark brown streaks are dirt or acid damage. I wouldn't put my money on the threads being color-fast anyway. With today's craze for vintage and shabby, I would not hesitate to leave them as they are except for 1. I don't want them to deteriorate, and 2. My grandmother would "have a duck" if she saw them hanging in my house looking "dirty." So - where do I go from here?

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Hazel said...

I think Jacqueline from Needleprint might be able to help you. Get in touch with her - I am sure she will know.x

Nancy said...

I love it the way it is, but if you want to do something with it I would talk to an expert in textile/needlework restoration.

Jennifer said...

I think I would leave it with the aged effect. I like it the way it is. If not, Hazel had a good recommendation.

We have an old 1882 oil painting we aquired from the Dalenbergs and it has darkened alot but we haven't touched it. I'm sure an expert could lighten it up but right now, we have a spotlight on it.

The frame, by the way is beautiful!!!!

Siobhan said...

I am just guessing that one of the things you could do is to take it to a needlework shop that has a framer experienced with needlework. Ask them to remount the piece with acid free materials and maybe put it behind glass with spacers. ? I'd be hesitant to do anything myself just in case it was mounted with glue.