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An up-close image of a "hair" embroidery. This mourning pieces are unique in that rather than use thread, they are rendered in hair. At Spicer Art Conservation we treat many embroideries and specialize in the treatment and preservation of textiles, objects and paper.

Sampler from 1816. A beautiful example of a girl's needlework. This antique sampler was treated in the Conservation Studio of Spicer Art Conservation, where we specialize in the care and preservation of historic textiles.

The reverse side of an embroidery. Here you can see the dark rectangular stain. this stain occurred because the wooden frame had a rectangular opening (see image on this page). Not only was the wood a harmful support, the opening in the wood frame allowed for the deposit of dirt and soot. The embroidery was conserved, mounted and reframed using archival materials by Textile Conservator, Gwen Spicer of Spicer Art Conservation, LLC located just outside of Albany, New York. Collection of…

A lovely and intricate embroidery in very good condition. The embroidery was treated by Spicer Art Conservation.

An up-close view of a 17th century embroidery recently conserved at Spicer Art Conservation. These embroideries have a lot of detail. Not only are they rich in symbolism, but they feature a number of stitching techniques as well as beads, pearls, chips of mica and metallic threads. Spicer Art Conservation specializes in the preservation of textiles, objects and paper artifacts. From the collection of Newport Restoration Foundation.

This is how most samplers arrive to us; nailed to an acidic wooden board, stained (and while this one is still quite bright), many are faded from excessive light exposure. At the studio of Spicer Art Conservation, textile samplers are cleaned, mounted and reframed using archival materials.

The wooden support of the oval embroidery (pictured on this page) was damaging to the embroidery not just because the wood was in direct contact with the textile, but because of this rectangular opening, allowing the back of the embroidery to be exposed to dirt, soot and other contaminants. The Embroidery was conserved at Spicer Art Conservation.

A sampler dated 1795. Framed using archival materials to preserve and protect the embroidery. This textile was conserved and reframed at Spicer Art Conservation. While we are located in New York, we conserve embroideries and other textiles from all over the United States.

Sampler from 1903. Red wool on cotton. Treated and later framed by Spicer Art Conservation. From a private collection.

An up-close image of a sampler from 1832. This sampler featured some details that were finely executed. Here it is seen after conservation treatment.