Star Wheel Tablecloth #744- Oh, the HORROR!

June 2, 2009
Editor’s Note: I’ve found the pattern I wrote out, and the motif has been identified correctly now. Not the Pinwheel , as previously posted.

Oh, the HORROR!
I made this tablecloth back in the early 80’s during a time when I was enjoying a bit of down-time, between babies.

Pinwheel Tablecloth

Star Wheel Tablecloth

The Pattern is from New Ideas In Crochet Table Topics – The Spool Cotton Book No. 123 .
1938. I don’t have a copy (yet) but have a link to the pdf. file at Celts Vintage Crochet Yahoo Groups here: StarWheelMotifTC.pdf

New Ideas in Crochet | Table Topics Book No. 123 1938

New Ideas in Crochet Table Topics Book No. 123 The Spool Cotton Company 1938

Pinwheel motif detail

Spinning Wheel motif detail

It had what appeared to be a  nasty coffee-and-cream stain on one edge motif, and a few drops on a couple others in the immediate area. It was stiff and very dark, UGH!

The Stain

The Stain

I posted these pictures and my dilema in my Ravelry Forum, in hopes someone could suggest a possible solution that would rid the stain without my having to remove the spoiled motifs.

A couple suggested I use Oxy-Clean and soak it. So when I went to pick up DD18 from work last night, I grabbed a small bottle of Oxy-clean and promptly made a bucket of  water for a soaker. The bottle said to leave in up to 6 hours, but after 3 hours, I could see it needed to stay in longer, so I left it in the bucket in the tub, overnight.

This morning, I was pleased to find The Stain was reduced to a shadow of it’s former self, and now appeared as a faded tea stain.

The Stain, after Oxy-Clean treatment

The Stain, after Oxy-Clean treatment

Another Ravelor suggested I stain the entire tablecloth with coffee (AHA! what a novel idea!) or tea, to bring the newly vivid color down to match The Stain. Oooooo I like that idea! 😀

So, I have it outside drying for now and will come back with my decision shortly-the Jury is still out…

Pinwheel Tablecloth side view

Star Wheel Tablecloth side view

Note: Perhaps I’ll re-stain the entire tablecloth next, rather than redo the 2 motifs involved, rather than try to match the 10 yr old thread…

WAIT: another Ravelor suggested as she cannot see the stain as being that bad at all, why not leave it as is, like part of the cloth’s history to the story. Gives it “Patina, as it were”.

I like that;  Patina, it is! 😀


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 08:46:59

    What a beautiful tablecloth! Have you tried Spray N Wash? I use it for getting stains (esp red fruit punch/spaghetti sauce) out of my 4 year old son’s clothing and it works well, even better than Oxyclean in my opinion – which has a tendency to just yellow the stain). If you do try it, spray it on heavy (completely soak the stained area) and let it sit for 5-10 minutes (don’t let it dry) before rubbing it in gently. Wash in the washing machine with the warmest temp water the material can take and maybe the stain will disappear. Either way, getting the stain out or leaving it in, it is a beautiful piece of craft work!


  2. Sandra
    Jun 02, 2009 @ 14:02:29

    Hi Sara! Thanks for the tip-I’ll get some and try it, what have I got to lose? 🙂

    The Oxy-clean treatment actually made it sooooooo shiney new looking, I am hesitant about re-staining it, as was suggested in the Ravelry forums…

    Also, DH said he thinks Oxy-clean is just good at temporarily masking stains- their carpet cleaner is good for a few weeks, but the stain re-appears again…

    I’ll def. give Spray N Wash a try!


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