The last time I met my father for a procedure at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, I decided to make a little side trip happen. Inviting my friend, Sarah, to come with me, on our way home we sought out Uncommon Threads of Palo Alto. We made new friends and they loved the concept of The Legacy. They lit up with the idea of their donations and unfinished projects getting new homes, all with it benefiting our Senior Center here in Sebastopol.
Ellen and Esther of Uncommon Threads came on a road trip this past Tuesday, bringing us 17 bags of high end yarns & 5 bags of books/magazines. In some large quantities of the same dye lots. They twinkled as they watched us receive their donation. It appeared to be as fun for them to give as it was for us to receive. They had coincidentally arrived the morning of our regular knitting group, on Tuesday morning. The yarns-Classic Elite, Louisa Harding, Rowan, GGH, Alice Starmore. Lambs Pride, Jamison’s,…wools, cottons, mohair, blends. Something for everyone.
Come and share in the blessings and absolution of their unfinished projects. Now a week later, there is still some of it left.
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Posted in fabric, tagged Donations, salvage on May 29, 2011|
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I am frequently asked what do I do about fabric that has an ‘odor’. Of course, if you can identify the smell all the better for specific treatment and outcome. I will put lightly soiled or faded fabric in our free box. But overall, very little fabric from the Legacy goes to the dumpster.
We will air musty fabric. First take it out of plastic bins or bags to air. Put it in the sun. On a clothes line. In the dryer. Occasionally spray it with Febreze (last resort) and then the dryer. Occasionally I’ll wash it. Put it in a box with some deodorizing soap. Wrap deodorizing cat litter in fabric bags in a box or suitcase with the fabric. A combination of these things can salvage cigarette smoke damaged materials.
I’ll do these things for yarn as well. (not the dryer)
We do not try to salvage materials that have cat pee, smoke damage(like from a house fire), mouse droppings or mold/mildew. Too much work for a poor outcome or risk of disease/illness. We try to be careful about this issue and we will go the extra mile to keep something usable. Another step toward our quality assurance.
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Estate donations at the Legacy will sometimes cover decades of someone collecting fabric, trim, books, yarn or patterns. This week we received 17 leaf-bags of silk and cloisonne cottons, sashiko embroidered indigo cotton, etc., etc, from the estate of Joanne Newcomb, Eastwind Art. That arrived Monday, went out Tuesday AM, some remains but the pile has greatly diminished. It went out at $6/lb. In addition to that donation, we have received several estate donations from quilters. Fabric has been the flavor of the week! We have so much quilters’ cotton there isn’t enough room to put it out! So it will be coming out as the piles, baskets and bins diminish! $2/lb, our usual…I was actually dreaming of being under a pile of fabric and couldn’t get out of bed! I think I woke up with a fabric hangover, apparently it IS possible. And still no 12-step program for fabricolics. We just don’t have remorse. Especially at the Legacy where the $$ go to a good cause. I must say I did feel like a drug dealer calling her junkies. “Hey, I just got some of the good stuff-its the kind”. The volunteers have worked very hard to keep sorting the carloads of fabric, notions and craft supplies. 4 sewing machines sold this week, the knitting machines have not. We had so much fun today…Come check us out
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