Material Pleasures in “Straight Talk About Quilt Care” “Straight Talk About Quilt Care” by Quilt Historian, Patricia Cummings, is the newest book on the market to give clear, concise information, for the average reader, on how to care for new and antique
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - “Straight Talk About Quilt Care – Display, Cleaning, and Storage of New and Antique Quilts and Needlework” by Quilt Historian, Patricia Lynne Grace Cummings, is the newest book on the market to give clear, concise information, for the average reader, on how to care for new and antique textiles. This is a book that every quiltmaker, quilt artist, embroiderer, quilt collector, quilt teacher, antiques dealer, and museum curator needs!
Material Pleasures, owned by Dana Balsamo, is cited as a reference several times in the book. “Restoration Fabric Restorer” and the “All American Quilt Wash” by Engleside Products are two products Material Pleasures carries for quilt and textile care and are referred to in Mrs. Cumming’s book.
Material Pleasures also granted permission for use of several pictures in the book. There are examples of pristine quilts, quilts with restoration, quilts with conservation, and quilts that should just be left alone despite their imperfections.
The 102 page book with more than 50 high-quality color photos addresses all of the questions you may have about washing/not washing quilts and textiles, and how to deal with certain situations, from mice to mildew damage; from insect control to keeping pets safe around sewing rooms; to environmental factors that affect your quilt collection to the ramifications of dry-cleaning; from preferred detergents for "wet washing", to archival storage; and the document also includes the many ways to hang, display, or frame textiles and quilts. There is something in this book for everyone. Yet, these are but a few of the many sub-topics that are explored.
Included are bits of quilt history, and stories that are surprising, comical, or amazing, but are all related to the main topic of textiles. Health-related information about the safe handling of textiles, whether they be clothes, new fabrics, or old quilts is discussed. The focus of the book is on preserving your heirloom treasures, gift quilts, and your own needlework and quilts, for future generations.
The book is available at Material Pleasures www.materialpleasures.com or at Quilter’s Muse Publications at www.quiltersmuse.com.