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Vintage Piece for background photos?

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This is a crochet sampler book handed down from my mother-in-law's family. The samples are sewn onto a book made of hunter green silk *drool* with decorative stitching on the outer cover. It was in a too-small box, so the edges are folded up. How do I fix that? Also, the last person that had it put their own work in their... in yarn! Should I take it out? What do you think of using a photo of this as a background for business cards, etc?


Green Silk, Crochet Samples

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  1. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Okay for the folded edge problem can you remove the piece carefully from the backing? I am thinking it was tacked in place by thread. It looks to be sturdy cotton crochet yarn and not linen thread. Dampen the piece and use a pressing cloth to iron it down, carefully. I would use just enough heat to straighten it out and then let the piece air dry. Your can make a misture of plain geletin and water and dip the piece in to use as a “starch” that is what they did in the old days. Also sugar water was the other method. If you do not trust your self take it to a cleaners that specializes in heirloom pieces!

  2. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Business cards I forgot, I would use the top one and make it a very faded soft look. It is a busy background. That is just me though!

  3. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    It is beautiful. I agree with Dawn on how to get the yarn out. All her ideas were good. I do think it’s a bit busy for a business card. How about one showing a sample of your own work.

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    K H says:

    I would take this to a locally owned dry cleaner that does their cleaning in house. To find such a place, you might ask which cleaner specializes in vintage wedding dress restoration. You might also contact a church and ask which cleaner they use to clean and repair their vestments and fair linens :)

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Both my grandmother and mom used to use the gelatin and water technique on crochet pieces, and it worked perfectly! My mom crocheted A LOT, and made a lot of items that needed to be stiffened, so this is definitely a tried and true technique. I also agree with Dawn about using just the one piece and fading it out for your cards. It might still be too “busy”, but it’s certainly worth a try to have something totally unique! Good luck! :D

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is a special heirloom, I would leave as it is, and for the background, I agree with the others.

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