After having been in the Textile Conservation Studio for many years, both the Spangled bed and James II bed from Knole have now left the Studio to go back home. Read all about it in this press release on our website! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/news/bed-fit-for-a-king-is-restored-in-norfolk To read more about the Spangled bed, click here. To read more… Continue reading Read all about it!
After conserving the linings it was time to treat the four satin and cloth of silver/cloth of gold curtains. A similar approach was taken as with the linings, but a lot more work was needed to conserve the appliqué and metal threads as well as the satin. Pre-wash consolidation The original adhesive used (in a… Continue reading Drawing the curtains on 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
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
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
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
Last July Ksynia, Rosamund and Terri went down to Knole, Kent to help dismantle the remainder of the Spangled bed as part of the major project at Knole and in preparation for its conservation at our studio. The team at Knole commissioned this fantastic video with can be seen at the property. You can view… Continue reading Dismantling the Spangled bed