As one side of the world prepares for glorious Spring, here in Australia we are in to Autumn.When the seasons begin to change and rain arrives I always pack up my precious lace and textile collection and pack it away to protect it from the elements.
It's not that I have my beautiful things outside or anything, it's from things like dust from the wind and sunshine streaming in but mostly from the damp. There is nothing more damaging to fine cottons and lace then mould.
Protecting it is a must.
So today as the sun is happily shining I decided to take my treasures out into the garden and hand wash them, dry them in the shade.
Once they are dry I will press them with a very cool iron and pack them all away until Springtime.
It makes me love them all the more when I unpack them all when warmer weather approaches.
I do keep a small selection of lace out to enjoy over the colder months but the most valuable and precious pieces are packed safely away in boxes lined with tissue paper.
Today I thought that I would share my little ritual with you all.
This washing day is my most favourite of the year ! (yes perhaps I am a little crazy but I love to wash !)
I always use the mildest, most gentle soap possibly to wash these delicates with. ALWAYS make sure you rinse all of the soap out after you have washed. Remnants of any soaps or powders can damage your fabrics and laces.s
I unpacked my gloves and they seem to have grown a little in numbers since last I remembered.......
My Grandmothers wooden ironing board and a vintage washing trolley made my wash day all the more sweeter.
I really am an old fashioned girl at heart.
and of course my wooden dolly pegs had to come out to play !
AND INTO THE BATH THEY GO !
An old basin I have is the perfect vessel to wash in.
and my 'Peachy Pink' bed cap even had a quick dip !
I have had this bed cap for many years and I love it. It is the the perfect shade of pink that I like.
A big puddle of French Blue and Peachy Pink gorgeousness !
and then I wheeled my trolley out to the clothesline and dried them all in the shade.
It makes washing all the more fun.