Friday, 7 April 2017

Textile Conservation - a talk by Leah Warriner-Wood Friday evening 31st march 2017

Leah was involved with Doddington hall tapestries; they were stitched onto a support layer and Velcro was used to hang them. This is so that it is easy to pull the tapestries down and throw them out of the window if there is a fire.

Her conservation remit is to ask what is it? What is it made of? How is it made? How was it used?

In the distant past clothes were cleaned with bread and lace with milk. Nowadays in conservation there is minimal intervention, just so it can survive and be displayed. Laying in distilled water with a mild liquid soap, waiting for the dirt to shift is the most that takes place regarding cleaning; about three repeats removes the dirt.

She uses most of the time curved John James needle 10 and Gutterman polyester threads.