Tight Lipped Tuesday #3

An occasional (can’t manage more than that) series of posts where I say not much at all.

Remember my stained piece of gorgeousness picked up in the junk/charity shop?

Thank you for all your suggestions.

Here it is now

I decided to trust the oxygenating stuff (known as Vanish here and in the U.K. at least) and soaked it overnight.Β  Then I sprayed with a dilute white vinegar solution and laid it out in the sun.Β  Then repeated both actions before hand washing in mild soap and rinsing thoroughly followed by another bout in the sun.

I am as chuffed as whatever a chuffed thing is. **

Here’s the final result of my project using leftover yarn.



One or two people might be getting a blanket for Christmas.



English dialectΒ chuffΒ pleased, puffed with fat

Thanks for that Merriam-Webster, sometimes it’s best to live in ignorance.

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on September 25, 2018 - 08:04

    Oh my goodness!!!!!!! Your vintage piece is a triumph! Amazing! Well done!
    The blankets look very gorgeous and snuggly – lucky presentees.

    • #2 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 13:32

      I wasn’t keen on using the Vanish – I wondered whether it would harm the fibres – but it was a case of ‘it’s not much good as it is’ (at least that’s what my husband said) so I had to go for it really. I think the sun really made a difference to the last remaining bits of staining too.

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on September 25, 2018 - 08:42

    My goodness! I would not have believed you could restore that vintage piece to such pristine whiteness – but then I remembered the power of the sun. Back in the days of long ago times, when we had babies we washed their napkins and hung them in the sun to dry and bleach back to pristine white again…… Napi-san came out about then too and I learned to take advantage of it’s superior soaking power. I suppose if that is still around it may also have worked on your cloth – though I suppose your ‘Vanish’ may be the sane thing under a different name. Any how – well done, good job and I’m chuffed for you πŸ™‚ The blankets look amazing. That is a really attractive pattern and I’m sure some folk are going to be very happy in three months!

    • #4 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 13:29

      I couldn’t believe it either to be honest. I might have to have a rummage through that huge suitcase of vintage linens one of these days to see what else I can magically transform.

  3. #5 by nanacathy2 on September 25, 2018 - 09:01

    Chuffing ****, well done on the whiteness, doesn’t it look stunning. The blankets are just wonderful.

    • #6 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 13:29

      I’m so glad I gave it a try – I really didn’t think the stain would come out of the thread in particular.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on September 25, 2018 - 09:57

    Vanish and Napisan are the same… Good old sunshine will always get the last bits of yellow out. I have some wonderfully soft old fine cotton pillowcases which I need to treat for extreme yellowing. I’ll be using a mix of detergent, hydrogen peroxide, borax and wait for it, dishwasher powder, followed by a bout in the sunshine. Fingers crossed! Those blankets are fabulous, and your yarn leftovers have become things of great beauty and desirability πŸ™‚

    • #8 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 13:28

      Will we see some before and after photos?

    • #10 by Lynda on September 25, 2018 - 17:15

      Kate, do you have a recipe for your soaking solution? Please share!

      • #11 by katechiconi on September 26, 2018 - 00:33

        A huge cooking pot full of very hot water you can keep hot on the stove, 1 cup laundry detergent (not varieties designed to work with cold water), 1 cup dishwasher powder, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup borax. Handle the linens with gloves because of the heat and because the mix can irritate the skin. This is good for pillowcases and food stains because they tend to have a bit of grease in the stain, and the dishwasher powder attacks the grease while the other ingredients address the staining.
        Hope it works for you!

      • #12 by Lynda on September 26, 2018 - 05:48

        Thank you! I will try it, and if it doesn’t, well, I’m not using them now anyway, right? πŸ˜‰

      • #13 by katechiconi on September 26, 2018 - 11:46

        My thoughts exactly! Even a modest improvement is hopeful.

      • #14 by tialys on September 26, 2018 - 08:58

        Would you use this method for vintage and antique linens and lace though?

      • #15 by katechiconi on September 26, 2018 - 11:59

        If it’s vintage bedding or tablecloths, perhaps; they’d been laundered by being boiled in a copper and pounded with something called a posser. Not with lace, though.
        If there’s something that’s so stained you haven’t been able to clean it any other way, it might be worth a go. My dingy pillowcases have been subjected to all sorts of other things, so I’m giving this a go as a last resort.

  5. #16 by Beads and Barnacles on September 25, 2018 - 10:40

    What an impressive transformation on the vintage purchase. Always good to see what a bit of attention and tlc can do to things.
    Your scrap yarn blankets are lovely

    • #17 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 13:27

      Thank you. There were lots of ends to weave in on the scrap blanket (the scraps were leftovers from the first two) but it’s a pretty mindless task easily done while watching T.V. in the evening.

      • #18 by Beads and Barnacles on September 25, 2018 - 13:30

        Yes ends are the bane of scrap blankets. But I do need to get round to making some to reduce my wool pile. So I can buy more 😊

  6. #19 by poshbirdy on September 25, 2018 - 11:04

    Fantastic result on your lovely linen, and those colours are gorgeous too

    • #20 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 13:25

      I was so pleased – my husband couldn’t believe it as he’d advised me to chuck it out when I brought it home.

  7. #21 by onecreativefamily on September 25, 2018 - 15:49

    Looks wonderful I love it,
    and will have to remember next time.

    • #22 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 18:36

      It’s completely transformed isn’t it – I’m really pleased.

  8. #23 by Lynda on September 25, 2018 - 16:56

    BRAVO! Lynn, I never expected to see this turn white as snow and excellent work on the crochet too.

    • #24 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 18:35

      I didn’t either! What a lovely surprise.

  9. #25 by Lynda on September 25, 2018 - 17:13

    I read Kate’s comment about peroxide use above and I’m certain she knows all of the following:

    It does a wonderful job on blood and berries. This comes with a warning however, use it, but don’t soak in a pure or a high concentration of it. It will deteriorate your fabric and it will fall apart. (Ask me how I know this… 😦 ) For the blood and berries you dab it on full strength with a QTip. Berry stains disappear before your eyes. Blood will bubble and fizz, so keep dabbing at it bit. Then, do not leave it sit, rinse completely or throw it right into your washer load. VOE here. 😯

    • #26 by tialys on September 25, 2018 - 18:35

      Useful information Lynda – thank you.

      • #27 by katechiconi on September 26, 2018 - 14:11

        Also excellent for tomato, beetroot and curry. But Lynda’s totally right, use it diluted and wash it out pronto afterwards. It’s much better than chlorine bleach and doesn’t smell so foul either.

  10. #28 by claire93 on September 25, 2018 - 18:58

    gosh, what a difference some washing and Vanish made to your vintage piece! Hope Mr T gives you permission to have it lying around as a table topper now.
    And blankets all look gorgeous!

    • #29 by tialys on September 26, 2018 - 09:04

      I am tempted to use it on the coffee table in our lounge – now that I know I can get tea and coffee stains out if I need to πŸ™‚

  11. #30 by craftycreeky on September 25, 2018 - 21:07

    Your vintage cloth looks amazing! I remember using vanish when my daughter (aged about 6) decided to paint her whole arm with gloss paint and didn’t show me til it was drying!! Vanish got it off without damaging her skin! Love your blankets too πŸ™‚

    • #31 by tialys on September 26, 2018 - 09:04

      That’s encouraging and interesting – Vanish ought to put that on their information sheet πŸ˜‰

  12. #32 by jendavismiller on September 25, 2018 - 23:37

    You are a miracle worker with the stained linen! I have an old piece that needs treating, but the main fabric is actually green, I wonder what would happen… As for those knitted blankets, what lucky recipients!! (You do still have my address? oh, did I really say that? sorry. πŸ˜€ )

    • #33 by tialys on September 26, 2018 - 09:02

      I think you can use the same product for stains on coloured fabric but the soaking time is recommended to be just one hour.

  13. #34 by kathyreeves on September 26, 2018 - 04:24

    That’s it, I’m buying some of that oxygenating stuff tomorrow! And I may mix up a batch of Kate’s brew as well. The blankets are a delight!

    • #35 by tialys on September 26, 2018 - 08:57

      I’ve used a spoonful of the stuff before in the washing machine but only for the odd food stain on a shirt or something and it seemed to work for that but I never realised an overnight soak would work such miracles – although I think the sunshine helps a lot too.

      • #36 by kathyreeves on September 26, 2018 - 17:24

        Sunshine is amazing, especially with the miracle powder to give it a boost!

  14. #37 by KerryCan on September 26, 2018 - 12:29

    Great job with this! I’m amazed that the Vanish did so much by itself, with the sun’s help. Now you can enjoy the results and gloat a little, to the husband who said, “throw it out”!

    • #38 by tialys on September 26, 2018 - 13:32

      I’m ahead of you with the gloating πŸ€‘

  15. #39 by CurlsnSkirls on September 26, 2018 - 14:54

    Gorgeous-Gorgeous-Gorgeous! Such a frabjus job on everything, Lynn!!!

    • #40 by tialys on September 27, 2018 - 08:54

      Thank you 😊

  16. #41 by Born To Organize on September 30, 2018 - 18:32

    What a difference! that piece is gorgeous and almost unrecognizable from its early condition. Nicely done with the blankets, too.

    • #42 by tialys on October 1, 2018 - 14:41

      I’d never have thought it possible to get those stains out – especially from the threads which had taken on the stain so well I thought the original maker must have run out of white thread and, for some reason best known to herself, changed to an orangey brown one πŸ™ƒ

      • #43 by Born To Organize on October 17, 2018 - 00:36

        Chalk it up to a wonderful new discovery.

  17. #44 by sewchet on October 25, 2018 - 11:22

    Wow, this amazes me on two levels: – a) that the charity shop put such a badly stained item out for sale in the first place (good on them) and b) that you persisted enough to remove all traces of said stain. TRUE upcycling. Three blankets made from leftover yarn? What a great result!

    • #45 by tialys on October 25, 2018 - 12:04

      The charity shops here are very few and far between and haven’t had the ‘makeover’ they’ve had in the U.K. This means that there is a load of stained, chipped, torn and otherwise worthless stuff for sale but also that it is very cheap. You have to be a proper rummager to unearth the treasures.

      • #46 by sewchet on October 25, 2018 - 12:58

        I could spend hours rummaging and I don’t mind if it’s a bit battered – sounds like you’ve got it made!

  18. #47 by magpiesue on November 11, 2018 - 21:06

    What wonderful results on the textile piece! I’m already jealous of those who will be receiving one of your lovely crocheted blankets. Give me a rainbow of color any day of the week!

    • #48 by tialys on November 14, 2018 - 13:53

      Thanks Sue – I’m not normally a ‘bright colour’ person but I do love these.

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