Vintage Tips on Washing Woolens and a local tip


The back page of the Norweigan Sweater tells us how to look after our woolens. My own personal experience has been shrinking things, then learning handwashing and wishing that they still manufactured mangles as a pure wool jumper gets pretty heavy after it’s been dunked. I have to make do with rolling woolens in a towel and then deal with shed loads of soping wet towels as I don’t own a tumble dryer.

Emu may recomend Dreft, but I recomend anyone in East London visit Elsie’s Droguerie and buy Fine Fabric Wash from Town Talk (made in Lancashire). Elsie is a new member of the WI I belong to (The Shoredicth Sisters Women’s Institute) and her shop sells all sorts of top of the range products that an old fashioned house maid would recognise. Even more marvelous than exactly the thing you need to remove that stain, she has a range of shoe polish in all the colours that exist AND shoe dyes. My light brown brogues are soon going to be green and my pastel pink bargain shoes I’d never otherwise wear are going to become blue.


How to wash woolens

WW2 leaflet about darning from Mrs Sew-and-Sew

I’m in a forties frame of mind, as I am making a dress for the Sewing For Victory challenge and have been pinning lots of inspiration. So I’ll be scanning a few of my original forties knitting patterns, but I also have some leaflets to share.

First up is Deft Darns. This was an amazing eBay find. I was looking at knitting patterns and clicked to see all of a sellers items. It wasn’t very we’ll described, but I recognised the Mrs Sew-and-Sew name. I don’t think the seller realised how old it was, so I got it for £1.50 and it is in perfect condition. Click the picture for my scan, which is a downloadable pdf.

Deft Darns

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