I learned about “Restoration” from Judy, a woman I work with & who was kind enough to let me try some of hers. I am thrilled with how the green linen towel turned out. It is sold by Engleside Products & is also sold on Amazon.
Apparently, it works on antique fabrics, lace, wedding gowns, almost any textile. I have not tried it but they claim it removes coffee, tea, blood, grape juice, ketchup and other hard to remove stains. As you can see, it removed, as advertised, damage even on discolored fold lines!! I am thrilled that Engleside Products is a US company based in Lancaster County (http://www.englesideproducts.com/index.php/restoration.html). I have no financial connection to them – just a satisfied customer. Thanks again Judy!
The proof is in the pictures:
The last set of handkerchiefs are monogrammed M for my grandmother, Mae. Since my middle name is Mae & my first name begins with an M, I had the 2nd one bunched up in the center as shown & inserted into my bouquet when I got married. It’s at my wrist in the picture. Something old & a way to have her with us on our wedding day!
The first 2 have tatted borders. Isn’t the first so dainty to have such a small plain area surrounded by a large delicate edging. Beautiful. The 2nd is interesting to me because they used 2 colors. The 3rd is probably crochet. If I’m wrong, do let me know!
These make a lovely set as well. Each has some petite point work. And, a couple of shades of each color make a simple but effective flower.
A lovely set with scalloped edging. No 2 are alike.
A nice simple set. All done in satin stitch.
Getting back to vintage items with handkerchiefs. I’ll start with the flower of the month in which I was born – Lilies of the Valley. I had some of these in my bouquet when I got I married. If I knew about this handkerchief then, I may have used it with my flowers. Instead I used another (the subject of an upcoming blog).