Because of the important role that condition plays in the field of antique samplers and needlework, we strive to ensure that our pieces undergo proper preservation while in our care. Below is a step-by-step description of the “conservation mounting” process. Our techniques are simple and straightforward; we remove the dust and dirt particles mechanically, never wet-cleaning the textiles. We use only acid-free materials and museum-approved techniques throughout the process.
- Carefully clean the piece by gently brushing out loose dirt.
- Mount it by means of hand-sewing onto acid-free museum board that has been slip-cased with fabric appropriate to the piece itself, and at the same time stabilize any holes or weak areas.
- Refit the item back into its original frame, or custom-make a reproduction of an 18th or early 19th century frame using one of our exclusive patterns.
- Install TrueVue Conservation Clear glass which blocks 97% of the harmful Ultra-violet light.
- In the framing process, the needlework is properly spaced away from the glass, the wooden frame is sealed, and a backing is attached with special archival tape.
Please note that we are unable to take in outside work.