|We are always collecting things for our NEXT SHOW....(which I will announce soon)...I have a big collection of fur collars...hummm....|
|We did our Midwest Ya Ya Show in Chautauqua, New York...what a GREAT TIME we had!!|
|We created these goofy outfits for the Pink and Red charity event in Puyallup, Washington. You will be happy to know we never wore them out in public...|
When I was writing my book, Dress Your Dream Bed -- the subtitle was "Vintage linen inspiration for today's elegant bed." I had a set of white on white monogrammed pillowcases (with tatted edges) that I wanted to use in the book. But they had been improperly stored, for many years, and they were more brown than white....
|The book cover was photographed in my cousin Kim's back yard...(I still use a damask tablecloth for my bedskirt).|
Mary recommended the following treatment**:
- Soak them overnight in a bucket of plain warm water. When fabric gets very dry (dehydrated) -- it is at it's most fragile state. (The plain water plumps up the fibers, and makes the fabric stronger, more able to absorb subsequent treatments.)
- After the first 24 hour soak -- put them in another bucket for a second overnight soak with Mary's mega-whitening-solution:
- 1/2 cup of dishwasher soap.
- 1/2 cup of Clorox bleach
- 2 gallons of very, very hot water
THIS WAS MAGIC... I hung those pillowcases on the line -- on a beautiful bright, sunny day and they were BEAUTIFUL. Completely restored...they were a stunning, snowy white.
After the book tour, those tatted pillowcases went into my regular bed linen rotation, and I'm still using them today.
** CAUTION: Think long and hard before using bleach on any fabric -- especially vintage linen. Bleach should always be considered a last resort. By the time I use this solution, I've already exhausted every other logical treatment. Here's my criteria: If the item is too yellowed or discolored to be used on my bed -- I have nothing to lose...