Cleaning and Renovating at Home; A Household Manual

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 110 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt:, or saffron; make the tinting fluid rather strong and try a corner of the lace; if too strong reduce with water. Cream starch is also used. Tea is preferred; tea and coffee give a duller tint than the cream starch, is yellow. Tinting Various Materials.--To tint laces, chiffons, silk or crocheted buttons, feathers, slippers, gloves, etc., to a gown shade, use oil paints in tubes and benzine. The benzine is placed in a porcelain bowl and the paint is dissolved in it. Mix the paint to the required shade in a saucer, comparing it with the goods till the right color is obtained. When the exact tint is reached mix with the benzine and dip the lace or whatever is to be dyed quickly before the paint falls to the bottom. Do not let the goods touch the bottom, as there might be a spot of paint there. A hairpin comes in h'andy to hold the edge of the goods. Shake out quickly and pin up to dry. It is well to make a few experiments before risking costly material, but the process is really not at all formidable. Washing Black Lace.--Dip a piece of crepe in water; squeeze the crepe and the lace together until the latter is thoroughly damp in every part; to dry, stretch on a board and pin out all the points. Freshening Black Lace.--(a) To freshen any black lace discolored by age or exposure to the sun, spread out on paper and brush carefully to get out the dust. If spotted, sponge gently with cold tea and then soak for at least half an hour in tea prepared as follows: Put into a small lined saucepan one teaspoonful of gum arabic, one dessertspoonful of dry tea, and one pint of boiling water; simmer slowly, stirring occasionally until the gum is dissolved; then strain into a basin. This tea will give a slight stiffness to the lace. (b) Sponge with...

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