My camera broke yesterday so we are in the market for a new camera---hubby want to get one that can be fitted with a waterproof casing for diving. Anyone have a favorite???
Last Friday I went to the First Friday market in the West Bottoms an purchased three old samplers dated 1827, 1835 and 1841---all of which needed some restoration. I have done my research and decided not to wash them but did vacuum then with a fiberglass screen over the top after removing them from their frames and mountings---found out how poorly they had been mounted. I purchased cotton rag board and made cotton slip covers to which I sewed the samplers onto the fabric. I started with the small one and then went to the largest one---still have the medium one to go. I also purchased plexiglass spacers that I will put on the glass so it doesn't touch the sampler. Here are some pictures:
This is a section of the largest one after I sewed it to the fabric
thuis the middle sized one in it's original frame
This is the smallest one in it's frame---will not be able to reuse this frame because it is not deep enough---sorry it is upside down
this is the largest one before I took it out of the frame
this is small one after I mounted it on the fabric
This is the large one remounted
This is what was underneath the sampler---it was wrapped around this and nailed---nails were rusted and yucky ---the was enough of a markin outside the sampler area that I was able to carefully trim that area off.
while I am not claiming to have done a completely museum quality mount---I do know that I followed their practices and have added many more years to these wonderful schoolgirl samplers.
I will post pictures when I get them back in their frames.
Have any of you done this---would love to hear from you if you have.