I posted this in the thrift store, etc, finds thread, but I am giving her her own topic now, so I would like to introduce you to Pearl.
We are cleaning out old boxes of moving equipment at my place of employment, in preparation for closing our doors for good. (I have been there for 23 years. I started when I was 23. I have some feelings.) Anyway. Back in the 60s and 70s, they would buy “rag bags” from some company in NY, to use as moving blankets. So we have a lot of dirty old blankets in storage vaults that haven’t been opened since before I started. So we opened them, and I pulled this ratty, dirty, lumpy, faded, and torn thing from the pile and absolutely COOed with delight.
Boss let me take Pearl home. Idisclosed that I thought she was a Victorian-era scrap quilt, or at least was made from Victorian-era scraps, but that I thought condition-wise she didn’t have much value, and I wanted the the chance to restore her. Any value she has after that, is from my work, and she was headed to the dumpster anyway, so I got to keep her.
Before I could move forward, she HAD to be cleaned. Not best practices for textile restoration, but in some cases necessary.
This was the water less than 5 minutes after her first dunk. I went full apocalypse on her and used a small amount of Dawn dish soap in the first two bathtubs full, then eight more clean water tubs with gentle agitation from my hands. A total of TEN bathtubs full got her to mostly sort of clear water and I called it good enough for now, and laid her flat on my deck to dry.
Stage 1 complete.