White Bluffs Quilt Museum
to preserve and teach...
294 Torbett Street
Richland, WA 99354
(509) 943-2552
White Bluffs Quilt Museum
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Preserving Your Textiles
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Preserving Your Textiles

Preserving your
Family Textile Treasures and Documenting
Your Family Textile History

Quilts and textiles are an important part of our family
history. We offer several programs and
suggestions to help you properly care for and
preserve your textiles, and to document the history of your
family treasures.

Beginning Quilt Restoration (4-classes)

The first session is "Becoming a Quilt Restorer" and includes "setting up shop, charges and quilt evaluations. This session also includes making simple repairs, replacing patchwork, dead quilts, cloned quilts, invisible applique, use of silk crepeline, stabletex, complex repairs and honest patches.

The second session
is called "Is restoration possible? This session was filmed at a workshop and we will watch as the participants bring their quilts to Nancy Kirk for review. Audience participation is encouraged and observing the process of examination, dating, and appraising for a number of quilts is a interesting lesson.

Session three is a fascinating session on dating fabrics and dating quilts. The categories are 1840-1850's, Civil War -1910, 1870-1880, 1890, 1920'2-1940's (WWI), and a special session called, Guess my era. All participants are asked to bring their quilts for a lively discussion following session three.

Session four is titled, "Creating and Ageing Fabrics and Cleaning, Storage and Displaying Quilts." It includes Photo transfers, Aging Fabrics, Cleaning Quilts, Preparation, Washing & Drying, Storing Quilts and Displaying Quilts.

Each approximately 90 minute session is available as a morning or an evening class at the White Bluffs Quilt Museum, located at 294 Torbett in Richland.

Restoration Advanced Workshop (6 )

Join us and learn to restore crazy quilts and other quilts with special issues. Learn how to replace worn silks, re-embroider, use silk crepeline, and when and when not to use fusibles.

A section on ethics and the philosophy of restoration, and preparation for framingare included.

This program is facilitated and presented as a Study Group, utilizing DVD's. and will include many new "hands on components". The White Bluffs Collection will be utilized to teach conservation techniques. In addition, to better understand the complexities of repair, each participant will construct a Crazy Quilt Block in class.

Sessions include discussion of conservation "vs" restoration, visual and structural integrity. Information on which quilts should NOT be restored.

Special emphasis is given to weighted silks, and approaches to replacing fabrics. Also included are special techniques: fusibles, and occasions in which to consider fusibles and repairs. The use of silk crepeline, making patches and applique. This program will include new hands-on components and "Crazy Quilt" embroidery stitches. Contact the Center to register (509) 943-2552.

General Textile Maintenance
and Preservation

Textiles are very sensitive to light, chemicals, dust, dirt,oils, smoke, stains, perfume and excessive washing. Somebasic guidelines for textile preservation are:

Avoid direct sunlight, filter fluorescent lights.Provide a stable environment (50% humidity and 60-70degrees temperature are recommended)Avoid damage from body oils. For display and storage,use only chemically inert materials.

Store properly, The ideal storage is a flat surface,unfortunately this is not always possible. Textiles should be properly stored in archivally safe containers, with crumpled layers of acid-free tissue in all folds. Quilts should be aired and vacumed before storing.

Use a small hand vacumn with a plastic screen over the quilt, to protect it from harmful suction. Do not store quilts in plastic. Covers of 100% cotton allows air to pass through and keeps light and dust out.

Cleaning, Each quilt presents unique challenges and should be examined carefully before any cleaning is attempted. When in doubt about at-home cleaning, don'ttry it. Quilts should never be cleaned by a commercial cleaner. Cleaning a quilt is a long, slow process when done correctly. Call an expert!

Display, If you will be displaying your textiles, protect them from direct sunlight. Lighting should be soft and indirect. Quilts displayed on racks should be refolded two or three times a year. If quilts are displayed on wood or on a wall, protect the back of the quilt by covering the wallsurface with clean 100% cotton muslin. Quilts should be supported evenly with a cotton sleeve. Never put tacks, nails or metal clips on your quilts.

The form used by the White Bluffs Quilt Museum may be helpful in documenting the history of your quilt. This form can be found by clicking on the web link: Documenting Textiles.

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