Persian Lamb: Telling the Genuine from the Faux
Persian Lamb is a beautiful fur. It’s warm, rather sturdy and can be sporty or dressy. It comes in different curl patterns, depending on the age of the lamb from which it was taken. So why can’t you find it anymore? The answer is, you can, if you are willing to pay couture prices to […]
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 where it originated, Appenzell embroidery has been produced since the late 1700s. Through the 18th and 19th century, this exquisite needlework was done by hand by thousands of women working […]
An Easy Way to Display Your Valuable Rug
Displaying a valuable antique that should be kept of the floor used to be a big and often costly project. You had to sew a pocket in the back of the rug, find a rod to insert into the pocket, find a way to attach the rod to the wall, etc. The project involved several […]
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 touch that really brings them to life is a good pressing. I’ve heard people brag that they don’t even own an iron. I actually find ironing linens and textiles to […]
Preserving the Worth of Your Antique Carpets
We have all seen beautiful Oriental carpets worn to shreds, discolored, cracked, stained, stretched out of shape and visited with all possible manner of abuse and indignity that go with age and neglect. Well, this needn’t be so. Unlike ourselves, carpets, properly loved, can stay forever young, preserving their beauty and value. Here is a list of […]
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 you get your linens so clean?” The answer is not very exotic: A lot of soaking and patience! Antique and vintage linens require gentle care, but in most cases, can […]
How to Repair Vintage Fur – Yes, You Can DIY
Vintage fur can be fragile. Air, light, heat, insects and accidents all contribute to causing damage to your precious garment. Generally, most people will take their fur to a professional to be repaired. However, in my experience, I have not always been pleased with the “professional” results, even after paying quite a lot of money […]
Large Iroquois Pincushion
Large Iroquois Pincushion
By Dolores Elliott
One of the most common forms of Iroquois pincushions is the large rectangular pincushion that often features a beaded bird on a field of purple velvet. A frame of beaded leaves surrounds the purple center. I estimate that at least 8,000 of these pincushions were made between 1870 and 1910.
Vintage Clothing: To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question!
Vintage Clothing: To Buy or Not to Buy! That is the Question!
By Sharon Maxwell-Yamamoto
A guide on how to choose vintage clothing, how to wear it, what to avoid and WHY to collect it.
First of all, what is vintage clothing? Some people differ on the definition, but generally, if you look it up, you will find this: