Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Trying to Revive an old Smelly Book

Lat week I was able to find "Key to Weaving, by Mary E. Black" on the Internet and the book was published in 1978....I won't mention the seller....for more than one reason....but the book was the foulest smelling book I have ever been in the presence of, It smelled so badly I couldn't leave it in the house...I had to leave it outside the house...and only bring it in in the evening so it wouldn't get damp ....I did everything I could think of to get the foul smell out...(I think it had been in a damp basement it really reeked).I aired it for a couple of days...and the smell was still there..then I added baby powder to just about each page to "soak" up the dampness and I believe the cover was made of Linen. Last evening I sat outside and had to pat just about each page to remove the powder...and it appeared that the pages were whiter (Cecil agreed with me!....Then this morning I put the book outside and left it open ...and I tell you Angels are all around us!Ready to help in any way they can... The wind blew the pages back and forth< which removed more powder and "aired" it good..don't know if I can take it to bed with me yet! but maybe in another day or two.Gives me a lot of encourgement...I also sent a prayer by the wind to let the knowledge in the book stick good into my head :o) after all a lot of effort is going into reviving it.


Daisy said...

I hope you get it in readable condition, Ginny. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your weaving. :)

jillied said...

Ginny, put the book in a garbage bag with some kitty litter (the cheap stuff works just fine) Close the bag and let it sit for a day or so. It will take all the odor away.
If you ever have an oil drip under the car, kitty litter will soak it right up, too.

Frank always keeps a bag of it in the garage.

The Gingerbread House said...

Hey Jilly,
why didn't you say something sooner:o( I've been working on that book like it was a job! If I weren't the Boss , I'd ask for a raise. I don't have a kitty, but my neighbor does.....Ginny

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