Jenny La Fleur
in need of your help - Jenny La Fleur
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in need of your help
Darling Friends List,
I am looking for two things and I hope you can help!

A - I have some crewelwork pieces that were done by my Great-Grandmother that disparately need to be cleaned. Do you know of any one who specializes in cleaning heirloom embroidery type things?

B - I have a friend who has a lovely 1891 silk fan (family heirloom) that needs to be repaired (the silk has split in two places) and framed - any leads I can pass on to her?

Thanks much!


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joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: March 17th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (link)
I know about fan stuff here in the U.K. but see if anything comes up in the U.S. first. Here we have a Fan Museum run by an extraordinary lady called Helene Alexander - it's in two 18th century houses in Greenwich, and they do mend fans, as she said they could probably mend my 18th century fan, which... errm... I stood on "tears"!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) (link)
Umm.. yeah hopefully there is someone in the States that does the same but if not - thanks! :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: March 17th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC) (link)
There was a lady at Costume College, Alice (Palacios?), who teaches about fans, and does repairs. If you check the listing for teachers on the website, I bet you could find her. I had told her about an ivory fan of my mother's that needed repaired (turns out the dog chewed it so it's not repairable) and she said to bring it to her.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks for the tip! :>
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC) (link)
I know that some of the vendors on ebay who sell vintage fans also do repairs, she could do a search there.
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: March 17th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC) (link)
I've recently sent my 1900 wedding dress to Bonnie at

To refresh your memory, there were BUGS!!! on it.

She's been very helpful. I'm looking forward to getting the dress back. Of course, it took me forever to send it, thing after thing kept happening :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC) (link)
Oh I'll go check that out - thanks!
marcine From: marcine Date: March 19th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (link)
You could try Colleen was the curator of costumes at the Valentine Museum for years and Newbie has done conservation and consulting work for quite a while. They are both in Virignia (Colleen in Richmond and Newbie in Alexandria). Their services wouldn't be cheap, but would be quality.
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