Caring for Your Needlework

June 8, 2009

blog 003As with most things in life, it’s much better to be proactive than reactive when taking care of your antique and vintage needlework; much of which has probably been in your family for many years. There is some very good Web based  information on this topic. The following are my recommendations:

Guidelines for the Care of  Textiles were written by the folks at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. You can access it by going to

Caring for Your Textiles was put together by the staff at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. There are several articles listed in the Contents bar on the left side of the page. All are worth reading.

Cynthia’s Linen Room is an on-line store specializing in antique and vintage textiles. Included is an informative section focusing on the washing, storing and caring for antique linens. Go to and click on “Laundry Tips/Care” in the information section.

Antique Linens by Em’s Heart is another on-line store specializing in antique linens and lace. It also offers some good tips on the care of linens. Click on the “Care of Linen” tab at


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