One of my passions is collecting vintage linens. Last year, on a Saturday treasure hunt -- I found this set of "Seven Days A Week" dishtowels. The hand-embroidery is the best I've ever seen. The little skirts are delicate applique -- and each towel depicts a girl with tube curls -- beautifully embroidered.
Although it was clear to me these towels had NEVER ONCE BEEN USED...but, rather, stored in a hope chest or maybe a linen closet for the last 50 years...waiting for some 'special occasion"...
The storage had not been kind. The towels had yellowed -- there were a lot of splotchy brown stains...and the fold stains looked permanent... I LOVE A LAUNDRY CHALLENGE...in this picture, I'm trying to show Before (in the middle) and After (the white towels on top)...
I started off with an overnight soak in warm water. The next day, I soaked them overnight in Oxy-Clean. Then, I washed them in a regular cycle and HUNG THEM OUTSIDE ON A SUNNY DAY. That makes all the difference.
I don't think the DIFFERENCE is so apparent in this picture -- but it was HUGE.
These towels make me smile. They have been moved to a place of honor -- IN MY TOWEL DRAWER..in my kitchen...to be used and admired any time I need a towel.
But, then again -- I could MAKE A QUILT with them. Look for a future post about a quilt we saw at the local Quilt show...using THIS EXACT PATTERN.
What are the chances??