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Conservation of bed hangings from the Spangled Bed

Supporting the lingings Following on from the last blog post, where the linings from the Spangled curtains were documented, humidified, wet cleaned and supported onto adhesive crepeline, the next step was to support the linings onto the dyed silk support. The damask linings have undergone extensive support stitching. In total, four conservators have worked over 1100… Continue reading Conservation of bed hangings from the Spangled Bed

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Supporting the Spangled Bed

After documentation it was time to start the treatment. The first step was to lay out the linings and satin inside a humidity tent created from a metal frame (a strawberry cage!) with a polythene sheet over to enclose the lining. A humidifier was set up inside to pump a fine water spray into the… Continue reading Supporting the Spangled Bed

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Topsy-Turvy Conservation – A Mexican adventure

Last month Senior Conservator Rosamund Weatherall went to Mexico to talk about the conservation treatment of the Spangled Bed from Knole in Kent. The presentation "Topsy-turvy conservation: consolidating and wet cleaning the embellished hangings from the Spangled Bed, Knole" was presented at the North American Textile Conservation Conference in Mexico City. The conference was a… Continue reading Topsy-Turvy Conservation – A Mexican adventure

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2. Spangled bed discoveries

Following on from our previous blog post about the conservation work we are undertaking on the curtains from the Spangled bed in Knole. Here is another update on some of the work that has been completed: By April 2014 the coarse red net had been removed from the back of both curtains, previous stitch repairs had been… Continue reading 2. Spangled bed discoveries