(visit our blog here) brought a big pile of antique kimonos to our October WAV meeting. She suggested we could each take pieces of them home and I focused on the dark ones with subtle woven patterns. As I was taking the kimonos apart in order to salvage every bit of useable fabric, I was envisioning creating fused collages from them.
When I got my pieces home, and began to iron them, I found the odors of mold and mothballs overwhelmed me! I could not work with the fabric the way it was, so I decided that even though all this fabric is silk, I would wash the fabric, hoping the odors would vanish in the wash. I washed in warm water, delicate cycle and used what I always use when washing silk - Orvis paste. I washed twice hoping the odors would disappear.
Not so! In fact, the washing seemed to intensify the odors! Oh my! The whole house smelled like mothballs and mold - even my husband was bothered by the smell. I researched how to remove the odor and back into the washer all the silk went. I soaked it for 24 hours in white vinegar/ water solution. Then, I spun it out and found it still reeked!
OK, so the next step, according to my research - hang it outdoors until the smell disappears. Here are the silk panels on the clothesline, where they hung for a month. These were my "Halloween decorations". My grandson and hubby thought it looked very "witchy" or "ghostly".
I did finally get the smell out