Monday, November 9, 2009
The saviour. Not just for applique!
Here at The Cotton Patch from time to time we get slightly strange requests for the items that we provide and I thought I would tell you about one that occurred last week.
We had a phone call from English Heritage who were desperate to locate a quantity of Freezer Paper. There had been a leak in a building in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and a number of books and archives had been damaged and they needed Freezer Paper right away.
We were able to get the order together straight away and they sent a taxi round for it to be collected. Now my wife happens to be an archaeological conservator and explained that the Freezer Paper can be placed in between the leaves of the books or round the books themselves and helps to prevent them sticking together as they dry out. Also books that become sodden can be often quickly grow mould and one of the best ways of treating them is to freeze dry them to kill the mould, with the Freezer Paper again protecting the leaves of the book.
The Cotton Patch is a family run patchwork and quilting business which was started by Jean Sewell in 1990. The shop is situated in Hall Green, Birmingham and expanded in 1999 to include the shop next door. Originally offering Mail Order catalogues, The Cotton Patch established one of the first patchwork and quilting websites in the UK. The Cotton Patch continues to be a premier supplier of patchwork and quilting fabrics, tools and notions and supplies customers throughout the UK and the world.