Marghab Linens—The Finest Embroidery Ever Made
Imagine a tablecloth of the finest Irish linen, embroidered with the best French embroidery floss in a design of exquisite colors and flowing lines. Not […]
Antique, Vintage Society Silk Embroidery—Painting with a Needle and Thread
More than a century ago, women created amazing works of art with a needle and silk thread. Known as society silk embroidery, the luster and […]
Estate Executors’ Headaches: What to do with Upholstered Furniture
Writer Amy Gale, in her book “Shows, Shops, & Auctions: Essays on the Antiques Trade,” recounts a tale of London surgeon Samuel Sharp, traveling in […]
The Exquisite Needlework of Appenzell Embroidery
Some of the finest white-on-white hand embroidery comes from a small town at the foot of the Alps in northeast Switzerland. Named for the town […]
Caring for Vintage Linens and Textiles – Part Two
The Stains are Out – Now What Do I Do? Now that they’ve been washed, the linens are clean and ready to use. The final […]
Caring For Your Vintage and Antique Linens and Textiles—Part One
Removing Stains and Washing Textiles and Linens The one question that I get asked over and over whenever I’m doing a show is: “How do […]
How to Clean Antique Table Linen
I personally have a passion for antique table linen and usually can find great pieces in less august settings. Therefore, these pieces are sometimes in less than perfect condition. Double, triple and quadruple damask (categories which denote successive levels of thread quantity, the higher the better) in less than perfect condition are usually redeemable.
Zhuang Embroidery Balls
In China’s southwest province of Guangxi, the Zhuang nationality comprises the largest ethnic minority with about 14 million people. I was fortunate to meet types of people from this ancient tribe – men and women and little babies – while touring the region. Wherever I found examples of Zhuang collectibles, the one that struck me as particularly unusual was the embroidered ball.