New Workshop: Preservation of Textiles

Lynn Lancaster Gorges

This workshop will focus on the proper storage and display of historic textiles in a small museum or historic site setting. These items commonly include quilts, military uniforms, coverlets, bridal gowns, and needlework.

Participants will be shown how to make simple displays and supports to ensure the stability of their textiles, as well as how to fold and store items. Cleaning of items will be demonstrated using vacuuming methods, and safe wet cleaning methods will be discussed. Participants will learn how to cover a hanger and construct a flat mount in small groups. They will do basic stitching to demonstrate the most commonly used stitches when stabilizing textiles. Participants will take home samples of mounting fabric, batting, mounting board samples, and fabric used for stabilization.

NCPC is delighted to partner with the Page-Walker Arts and History Center to offer this educational opportunity in support of the preservation of our state’s history and collections.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. greeting and refreshments
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

See our Workshop page for more information and registration instructions.

New Workshop Announced: Boxmaking

Custom-fit box created in the workshop.

Knowing the basics of creating custom housing for artifacts can save your institution both time and money. Archival board can be cut and shaped to a specific size and then combined with other preservation-appropriate materials, including cotton fabric and Ethafoam, to craft supportive storage mounts.

You will learn how to:

  • measure properly
  • design protective housing
  • score with a bone folder
  • cut with snap-blade knives
  • find inexpensive tool substitutes
  • use proper adhesives

We invite participants to bring a challenging object (smaller than a bread box) from their own institution or personal collection to the workshop, where they can build a box for it to keep.

Date and Location

NCPC is excited to be partnering with the Earl Scruggs Center to offer this workshop and support the shared mission of preserving the collections and history of our state.

Friday, July 28, 2017
Earl Scruggs Center, Shelby, NC
103 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. greeting and refreshments
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. workshop

For more information including how to register, please see our Workshops page.

It’s National Scrapbook Day!

The first Saturday in May is National Scrapbook Day. To celebrate, we wanted to post a couple images from our recent Preservation of Scrapbooks Workshop. We had 10 people in the class at High Point Museum. It was a wonderful day of discussion, learning, and discovering new and (not-so) amazing things like glue-dots. More images can be found on Flickr.

scrapbook workshop

Evaluating collection materials. Image courtesy of Crystal Williams.

scrapbook workshop

Discovering a fresh glue-dot. Image courtesy of Crystal Williams.