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 towel appears to be petite point on linen – again, not sure who did this. But, how can you not love roses! Very simple stitches.
I do have one green towel with only some mild discoloration that maybe washing would help. Perhaps, someday, I’ll get time to stitch up something for it. Another rosebud?
Neither the towels or the flowers appear to be hand-made but they are very cute (& could be hand-made). Another idea & not enough time.
A few lazy daisy stitches, french knots, and stem stitches looks like all that was needed for this towel. But, the pink and yellow heart outline really sets the pink bouquet of flowers off for me. Again, I have no history.
Here are 3 towels from possibly the 70s that appear to be my grandmothers work. Looks like a simple darning pattern to me with an outline stitch. There is a nice shading effect for the yellow flowers. And, she added crocheting on the bottom of the calla lily towel (I placed a black cloth underneath for the picture).
I’m getting back to my vintage items uncovered and never seen before by myself or my sister. I wish I had some history about them. Aren’t these just adorable! Too pretty to use.