I recently found my grandmother’s doll from the late 1800’s totally disintegrated because I did not store her properly. I thought I was being so careful as I loved her like my grandmother did so many years ago, and she was in perfect condition.
I had carefully wrapped her in tissue paper and then put her in a plastic bag, so moths and other little beasts couldn’t harm her. When I took her out of my cedar chest to show her to a friend a few months ago, her little body crushed when I gently picked her up and her silk clothing fell apart in tiny pieces with just my gentle touch. I was devastated.
What I learned from a friend in the antique business, was that one should never store anything in plastic – ever! I currently have all of my fabric stored in those hard-plastic boxes, (to avoid moths etc), but must now find a better way, as many of these fabrics are silk, wool, and linen, which the little beasties like to eat. So the question for everyone is this:
How do you store your fabrics safely? Let’s get a discussion going so that others will not have the disappointment that I had with my grandmother’s precious doll.