tatted booties

mboston_gwMarch 8, 2008

I have never posted on this forum before, hang out in the gardening, and other home forums mostly.

My MIL just sent us a pair of tatted booties that my DHs Grandmother made for him when he was a baby. They were tatted in 1949 and are beautiful and look to be in perfect condition. My guess is that they have been put away for a very long time. We are expecting our first grandchild, a girl, in July and MIL thought it might be a nice gift for the grandbaby. I would love to give them to my son and DIL but I want to make sure they won't fall apart when exposed to the air. Am I worrying over nothing? How long does the thread used in tatting last?

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First, Welcome to the forum!

What a wonderful thing to receive! I would suggest that they be used only for a special occasion. If you think they need washed, hand wash in very very mild soap rinse til clear, then roll in a towel to get the water out. Do not wring, do not let them hand. Lay flat to dry. Depending on what thread was used and how it has been stored over the years, wether they will fall apart or not. I have some edgings that my grandmother tatted, but I have no idea how old they are. The last she tatted was before 1971, maybe 1968? I have a doily that my great aunt crocheted that I still use.

Congratulations on the grandbaby to be!


    Bookmark   March 9, 2008 at 10:16PM
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