Always wash lace before storing it. On bridal lace, for instance, a couple of unnoticed drops of white wine or specks of wedding cake will caramelize over years into stubborn brown stains. And never store lace that's been starched, it will attract parasites. Chatelaine's Antiques Collectibles Appraisals

 

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Introduction to lace collecting

Handmade or machine-made lace

The market for lace collecting

Getting started in lace Collecting

Cleaning Linen

 
Stitching Together a Lace Collection
Care and Storage of Lace

I like to say 'It's better to die at the party than rot in the closet," laughs Kurella.

Chinese lace doily
Chinese lace doily

 "Get out your lace, use it and enjoy it." And wash it carefully. Kurella recommends first trying plain distilled water.

 Next, try Orvus, a gentle animal shampoo available at farm supply (and museum curatorial) stores.

 "If you know your lace is ho-hum stuff that deserves to be recycled, you can use Joy dishwashing detergent," Kurella says. "It's gentle, but fairly strong." Water with a high iron content will oxidize and turn to rust stains; use de-mineralized or distilled water for the last few rinses.

Always wash lace before storing it. On bridal lace, for instance, a couple of unnoticed drops of white wine or specks of wedding cake will caramelize over years into stubborn brown stains. And never store lace that's been starched, it will attract parasites.




Guide to Lace and Linens
by Elizabeth Kurella

 


 

 

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