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Wet cleaning tapestry: Verdure with the Arms of Miro at the Burrell Collection

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by Megan Creamer, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. While on break this spring, Staphany Cheng, Aisling Macken, and I had the opportunity to assist with wet cleaning a large 16th century tapestry at the Burrell Collections with textile conservator Helen Hughes. This French/Flemish tapestry, Verdure with the Arms of Miro, spent many years of… Continue reading

A review of ‘New Methods of Bathing and Stain Removal for Textiles’ with Richard Wolbers

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by Sarah Foskett, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. We were delighted to host the course ‘New Methods of Bathing and Stain Removal for Textiles’ with Richard Wolbers this week. Over the 3 days of the course the 16 participants were informed, enlightened and challenged by the new approaches being offered for consideration. The principle focus of… Continue reading

Keep calm and carry on cleaning!

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By Laura G. García Vedrenne, first year student, MPhil in Textile Conservation. Different types of soiling can be found altogether in historic textiles. When this happens, conservators find it useful to classify or characterize each type of soiling in order to match its removal with a specific cleaning process. To sum it up: the best way… Continue reading

The conservation of an 1820s cap (if something so extravagant can be called such).

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by Nora Frankel, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Wet cleaning of historic textiles for conservation is a surprisingly complex process. As textiles in collections can often contain degraded fibres, multiple layers and mixed materials, the practical and ethical decisions of washing increase drastically.  While wet cleaning may benefit some materials, it can potentially cause… Continue reading

Lessons in Colour: Washing a 19th Century Sampler

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by Aisling Macken, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As first year students at the Centre for Textile Conservation, we learn a variety of methods to clean a textile, and this year the most important method is undoubtedly the process of wet cleaning. As part of the wet cleaning module that takes place during the… Continue reading