In order to preserve needlework, proper storage rather than display would be the most conservative option. In storage the factors that accelerate textile aging - light, heat, moisture, impurities and physical stresses - can be minimized.
First, one must identify a suitable storage area. The best storage area would prevent light exposure and provide a clean and insect free environment with stable temperature and relative humidity. Storage in attics is discouraged as the temperature tends to fluctuate widely. Storage in basements is also discouraged as insect and moisture problems are common. Find a location that has a steady relative humidity in the 40-45% range. Low temperatures are preferable, but a steady RH is more important than maintaining a specific temperature. Keep temperatures low (below 680C), but above freezing.
Unframed two-dimensional needlework should be stored flat in archival storage boxes between layers of acid-free tissue. These supplies are available from a number of archival and conservation supply companies. It is best to purchase shallow boxes so that layering within the box is avoided or kept to a minimum. In museums, layering is discouraged and many textiles are stored individually. A number of companies sell over-sized boxes (up to 8' long), for accommodating the flat storage of large items.
If your needlework will not fit into an archival box without folding, it is recommended that folding occur in one direction only and that the folds be gentle and padded. "Draping" might be a better word to describe the end effect. Lightweight tubes of acid-free tissue covering polyester batting or acid-free tissue alone can provide padding. Three-dimensional items should be placed in appropriately sized boxes and padded to retain their shape.
Leigh Designs Flat Sacks 20x20; Flat Sack 15x15; Gadget Bags 6x7 From $11.95 to $24.95 Comes in 8 different colors
All of the Flat Sacks have convenient shoulder straps for ease in carrying.
Storing Larger Needlework
Larger needlework can sometimes be rolled onto tubes, but this will depend on the structure and condition of the piece. Many historic pieces are too fragile or damaged to roll or have linings that will cause creasing within the roll. In general, stable, flexible, smooth-textured contemporary pieces without linings or metal threads can be considered for rolling.The greater the tube diameter, the less stress from bending on the needlework. Acid-free tubes can be purchased or cardboard tubes can be covered with polyethylene sheeting to protect the textile from damaging acidic components of many paper products. Acid-free tissue or unsized cotton may be placed between the textile and the plastic. A dust cover of clean, unsized cotton and/or polyethylene should be provided over the rolled textile. Complete instructions for rolling are available from the Canadian Conservation Institute and have been given in numerous articles.
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We at NeedlePOINT of La Jollaare very fortunate to have a renowned National Needlepoint Teacher Jill Rigoli.
Jill resides here in La Jolla, making a 'morning' with Jill at NeedlePOINT of La Jolla easy and fun; a low fee of $25. for a great value.
Bill and Michelle invite those who are interested in learning new skills to take advantage of our local teacher Jill most Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00.
Please call ahead to confirm dates and availability, or get on Jill's list of attendees and she will e-mail you with her schedule. Canvas Embellishment is the theme of Jill's classes, and she has a group no larger than four to five students...providing more one-on-one time with Jill.
All skill levels are welcomed; however, knowledge of the basic basketweave and continental stitches are recommended before joining Jill's classes.
If the basics are what you want, then call us for an appointment with Bill or Michelle for an hour free instruction. We can teach you everything you need to know to start your Needlepoint Journey.
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'How to Buy a Custom Painted Canvas'. Featuring Bill Price and two more talented canvas artists...please read the story when you
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At 9x12”, these are perfect for stitch guides, yarns, threads, fibers and your larger tools. Drop it into the back of the Flat Sack to keep the entire project in one place.
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The smallest of the Ashland Sky bags are only 6x7” and are just the right size for needles, bead vials, thimbles, and small scissors. Drop it into the back of your Flat Sack or Project Pouch
The NEWest of Ashland Sky Bags. . .
Ashland Sky totes & bags are perfect for all of your needlework projects. They are made of high quality frosted vinyl and nylon fabric and are manufactured entirely in the USA by a work training program for people with disabilities.
Measuring 14½ x 6”, these bags are designed to keep your long, slender tools organized in one place. Use it for stretcher bars, knitting needles, rulers, scissors and the like. Takes stretcher bars up to 14” and fits into any Classic Tote.