We also conserve, repair, restore and clean antique embroideries and family heirlooms such as christening gowns, wedding veils and household linen. We can breathe new life into tired and worn canvas work chair seats and furnishings and remount and re-frame embroideries such as samplers and other valued family pieces.
Where appropriate a conservation approach may be taken when dealing with your piece. This involves stabilising the textile in its current state to prevent further damage or wear. Services can include surface cleaning, couching loose threads and stitches, or stabilising holes and weak areas. We may protect fragile areas from further damage using conservation net. In line with current practice, all our conservation work is reversible.
Restoring a piece to its former glory may involve replacing missing stitches, or repairing holes in the ground fabric. RSN Studio staff are trained in canvas re-weaving to strengthen and repair canvas work.
Sometimes it is appropriate to conserve and archive an original piece and to create a reproduction. We can produce a piece in authentic stitches and the original colours (as seen on the back of an item) or in the existing faded colours. We can also re-embroider sections that may have been lost, worn away or damaged.
If the embroidery is in good condition but the background fabric is worn we can transfer it to new background fabric. We have transferred ecclesiastical embroidery and organisation banners to give them a new lease of life.