Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011
I have had a query about those wood stains that mark and spoil some of the old folded sheets from France (chestut wood shelves are to blame). It has been suggested that good old Marseille soap is the best treatment and it may well work if the stains are light and fairly new. If this soap, which has some olive oil in it, I understand, does not work after a good long two -day soak in cold plain water, a light brushing with the soap is the best, try nail brush, then I have two remedies which often work - one is the oxygen powder Vanish which you can apply as a paste for a short while and then rinse, or a soak in Napisan which is used to whiten babies clothes and nappies, and does not scorch the material - bleach is the very last resort, applied with cotton buds directly along the lines and rinsed as soon as they move, the trouble with bleach is that it leaves 'cloudy' stains behind and spoils the creamy look of old linen. Constant washing and exposure to sunshine will lessen the stains but will take much longer and if you are using the sheets as curtains, is not practical. Good luck!
Friday, 23 September 2011
HOW SHALL I START? THE WEATHER WAS TRULY WONDERFUL, WARM SUN ALL DAY AND WE ALL THOUGHT IT MATCHED THE SMILING PEOPLE WHO NEARLY OVERWHELMED US AT OUR BIG TEXTILE FAIR - THEY CAME IN THEIR HUNDREDS, ALL DAY LONG, HAPPY AND (CARE)FREE, WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS AND USED THE SPARE CASH, CREDIT CARDS AND CHEQUES TO TREAT THEMSELVES AT OUR SPLENDID ARRAY OF TEXTILE GOODS - NOT JUST ENGLISH AND FRENCH, BUT EXOTIC AND RARE TROPHIES FROM REMOTE AND UNKNOWN PARTS OF THE WORLD - OUR INTREPID HUNTER-GATHERERS ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN THE UNKNOWN WORKS OF SMALL SPECIALIST GROUP WORKERS IN ASIA AND AFRICA AND HAVE FASCINATING TALES TO TELL - THESE ARTEFACTS WILL NOT GO ON FOR EVER - THEY EVENTUALLY END UP IN MUSEUMS AND BIG STUDY COLLECTIONS AND WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE JOHN GILLOW (AUTHOR AS WELL) MARTIN CONLAN AND BARBIE CAMPBELL COLE TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR ETHNIC THINGS. ALL OUR STALLHOLDERS WERE SO DELIGHTED TO HAVE SO MANY INTERESTED AND BUSY SHOPPERS IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES AND THE BUYERS COMMENTED ALL DAY LONG ON THE SUPER STANDARD AND WELCOME FROM THE MUSEUM PEOPLE AS WELL AS OUR t4t MEMBERS! ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS FOR US AND I DO THANK THE MUSEUM FOR ALL THEIR EFFORTS TO MAKE THE GARDENS AND EVERYTHING ELSE LOOK SO GOOD AND GIVE US A WONDERFUL DAY. WE HOPE THEY WILL INVITE US BACK AGAIN WHEN THEY HAVE GOT THEIR BREATH BACK!