Wednesday, October 7, 2015

From the ashes...

Hello dear readers!

I hope this post finds you enjoying this first full week of October!  I was just saying today that I cannot believe that it is October - it seems like yesterday that it was July!

I am hosting a Halloween Giveaway on my blog!  If you would like to enter, click HERE to enter!  I am giving away the entire set of Lizzie Kate Halloween Rules charts AND a piece of Picture This Plus linen to stitch those cuties on!  Head on over and check it out!

Now, on to other things - I need some advice!

A couple of years ago, I started this piece - Matter's Choice by Carriage House Samplings.  I saw a model of it stitched at Haus Tirol in Williamsburg and fell in LOVE with it!



I started stitching the larger pattern on a 36 ct Lakeside Linens Sand Dune - with NPI Williamsburg Blue - a gorgeous combination!




But I put it aside but kept it on the scroll rods in case I got the urge to stitch again.  Well, last winter our furnace started to malfunction.  We have an oil burning furnace - and it began to spew little bits of soot EVERYWHERE and over EVERYTHING.  It was not pleasant, especially because the soot was so difficult to clean.

Enter my Matter's Choice.

I thought that it was safe and sound - but I was wrong.  Because it was not covered, some of the soot made its way to my sampler.  You can see some of the black bits in these pictures....




So, I am trying to figure out what to do!  As soon as I touch the stuff it smears and will never come out.  I am thinking about using the vacuum cleaner on it to see if I can get the soot off that way first.

Any ideas???  I am willing to try just about anything to salvage my sampler!!  Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Hope you guys are having a great week!  And remember, stop by my post HERE and enter the Halloween Giveaway!!


9 comments:

Kathy said...

How 'bout the compressed air that is used for dusting electronics?

Marsha said...

That is tragic. I don't know what to tell you but a museum that handles old fabrics might be able to help. Let us know. Sorry.

Margaret said...

I hope you figure out what to do. That compressed air suggestion might be good. Vacuuming might be hard, but might work too. Good luck.

Marsha said...

Another idea. Go to Mary Corbet's blog, Needle 'N Thread. From there, email her and ask her suggestion. She's very knowledgeable. Good luck.

Robin said...

Maybe canned air instead of a vacuum cleaner! I like the suggestion about contacting Mary Corbet or a museum. It is a lovely piece.

Robin in Virginia

Merry Wind Farm said...

I, too, would try the canned air. It is a beautiful sampler. You make me want to get out my chart and start. Melinda

valerie said...

It's a beautiful sampler! Good luck. I like the canned air idea since there would be less contact that way.

Shelly said...

The canned air sounds best but blow at it from the side, at a slant maybe. Welcome back! Read about the Richmond Sampler and then you were gone! I will go back to following you again :)

Justine said...

What a beautiful start...I hope it can be rescued!