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Subject: Beeswax and needlework

Beeswax and needlework

From: Emily Jacobson <ejacobson>
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2004
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    I am a member of Embroiderer's Guild of America and I'm doing
    research involving  needlework conservation.  I know that
    beeswax is frequently used to wax sewing threads for various
    reasons and I'm wondering what affect, if any, this has on the
    condition of the piece in later years. Also, if beeswax were
    softened (by melting it and adding a small amount of oil before
    re-hardening) is there a particular oil that would be safe for
    this purpose from a conservation standpoint?

    Rachel Kennedy
    rachel-kennedy [at] cis-gw__tamu__edu

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Received on Tuesday, 9 March, 2004

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