very old (1860-90) hand crocheted lace

very old (1860-90) hand crocheted lace

Post by ann » Sun, 21 Apr 2002 10:12:44



HELP! I inherited a ton of very old lace. It appears as though my aunt
had starched it before storing it in a cedar robe. I want to wash it
and know whether or not I should starch it again, and if so, how do
you do that?
I know you are not supposed to iron lace, and most of it is in the
shape of
round doilys and table runners. Any suggestions on how to starch or
whether or not I should? Any suggestions on what to wash it in, is
liquid Tide and Oxiclean safe? Thank you for your responses.
Anne
 
 
 

very old (1860-90) hand crocheted lace

Post by Shirley Shon » Sun, 21 Apr 2002 15:20:13


It is not a good thing to store any fabric with starch in it.
I would try one doily by soaking it in cold water before trying to wash
it. Then I would use Orvus and rinse well.
I have ironed crochet lace but I usually pin it out to shape on some
polystyrene foam and let it dry.
If I am storing it I do not starch it.  when you want to use it you can
I pin it back on a board or lay it flat and spray it with spray starch.

Another tip for small lace pieces is to put them in a***top jar with
the orvus in. Whilst they are soaking it you can give the jar a gentle
shake.
Shirley



Quote:
>HELP! I inherited a ton of very old lace. It appears as though my aunt
>had starched it before storing it in a cedar robe. I want to wash it
>and know whether or not I should starch it again, and if so, how do
>you do that?
>I know you are not supposed to iron lace, and most of it is in the
>shape of
>round doilys and table runners. Any suggestions on how to starch or
>whether or not I should? Any suggestions on what to wash it in, is
>liquid Tide and Oxiclean safe? Thank you for your responses.
>Anne

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Shirley Shone

 
 
 

very old (1860-90) hand crocheted lace

Post by Carolyn Pott » Mon, 22 Apr 2002 04:54:43


Before Orvis was Ivory Snow.  My daughter was married in 1970 in a her great
aunt's wedding dress, first worn in 1912. It was made of silk organza with
lace inserts, and wrinkled if you looked at it. (mournful grin.)  It had to
be washed before she wore it, and again after wearing it for her formal,
bridal portraits.  She got me a commercial sized mayonnaise jar in which I
put lukewarm water , the Ivory Snow and the dress. It did fit! Then I shook
it and shook it, then used almost the same process to rinse it. (No soap.)
Every time I had to iron it I nearly died, it was getting so fragile.  After
all, DD was the 4th to wear it in the almost 60 yrs it had been in
existence.


Quote:
> It is not a good thing to store any fabric with starch in it.
> I would try one doily by soaking it in cold water before trying to wash
> it. Then I would use Orvus and rinse well.
> I have ironed crochet lace but I usually pin it out to shape on some
> polystyrene foam and let it dry.
> If I am storing it I do not starch it.  when you want to use it you can
> I pin it back on a board or lay it flat and spray it with spray starch.

> Another tip for small lace pieces is to put them in a***top jar with
> the orvus in. Whilst they are soaking it you can give the jar a gentle
> shake.
> Shirley



> >HELP! I inherited a ton of very old lace. It appears as though my aunt
> >had starched it before storing it in a cedar robe. I want to wash it
> >and know whether or not I should starch it again, and if so, how do
> >you do that?
> >I know you are not supposed to iron lace, and most of it is in the
> >shape of
> >round doilys and table runners. Any suggestions on how to starch or
> >whether or not I should? Any suggestions on what to wash it in, is
> >liquid Tide and Oxiclean safe? Thank you for your responses.
> >Anne

> --
> Shirley Shone

 
 
 

very old (1860-90) hand crocheted lace

Post by Cbsnoopy20 » Fri, 26 Apr 2002 20:49:51


there's a sampler you can stitch and add her name and some of the lace to... i
htink it's sue hillis who designed it...
cath (who has stitched most of it and i have it in my ufo pile some where... if
your interested i'll go look it up)
Cath

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very old (1860-90) hand crocheted lace

Post by Marjorie Holm » Thu, 02 May 2002 03:38:03


I have often washed my old crochet laces...Orvis is great.  I pin them
out---but you need to be careful to use pins that won't rust (experience
speaking here).  I wouldn't store them starched...six-legged critters
like starch.   Marjorie
Quote:

> HELP! I inherited a ton of very old lace. It appears as though my aunt
> had starched it before storing it in a cedar robe. I want to wash it
> and know whether or not I should starch it again, and if so, how do
> you do that?
> I know you are not supposed to iron lace, and most of it is in the
> shape of
> round doilys and table runners. Any suggestions on how to starch or
> whether or not I should? Any suggestions on what to wash it in, is
> liquid Tide and Oxiclean safe? Thank you for your responses.
> Anne