We've all stood in awe at some of the embroidered pieces featured in museum collections. The embroidery stitches are perfectly worked, the thread and fiber colors are bright and the background fabric is pristinely clean in its perfectly-preserved state.
But few onlookers are aware of the effort and care that goes into cleaning, repairing, preserving and properly displaying these needlework treasures.
Julia Brennan operates Textile Conservation Services, providing conservation and restoration services for museums, artists and private collectors. Her web site offers a unique glimpse into the work involved in preserving beautiful textiles, whether old or new, for future generations to enjoy.
For more information of textile restoration, visit Julia's web site to catch a glimpse of her current and previous projects, or check out my List of 10 Preservation Tips.