Berry Mishap

Berry-Picking

Berry-Picking

Blackberry-picking is the most fun, but it comes with its own hazards…

Purple Blackberry stain!

Purple Blackberry stain!

Oh no, Dulcie got a purple stain on her prettiest dress…

Marked

Marked

The stain blends in with the rest of the dress pretty well at the moment, but in my real life experience I know that if you don’t get the stain out right away it will darken, stiffen  and harm the fibres.  So we stitched around the stain to mark where it is and proceeded with the stain-removal treatment…

Boiling water

Boiling water

…which consists of stretching the fabric over a jar, and securing it with an elastic.  Then slowly pouring boiling water through the stain.  If it is a bigger, human-sized garment then stretching the stained area over a colander in the sink works really well. Pour carefully!

No Stain!

No Stain!

The stain has completely disappeared! I didn’t realise there was a little leaf under there!

Wash

Wash

Then a normal washing with soap and water…

Hurry up and dry

Hurry up and dry

…Dulcie is a bit impatient.  It is too hot for her flannel nightie.

Work Apron

Work Apron

In hopes of reducing the time spent in the laundry-room, Constance suggests to Dulcie that she wears this nice work apron the next time she wants to wear her best, pinkest dress while berry-picking.

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16 thoughts on “Berry Mishap

  1. Isn’t that just the loveliest of remedies to get stains out? My mother-in-law taught me that years ago with tablecloth stains (cranberries). It’s comforting to know that the QHs have a human who knows her fiber “stuff” and can remedy this berry mishap. The lovely pinny that proceeded from this experience is very becoming to the little Dulcie.

    • I learned that trick from my mother-in-law too, when she had an enormous blackberry patch and I had three enthusiastic little berry-pickers. The blue pinafore is made of a sweet little piece of viyella of all things. Not normally an apron fabric, but such a cute little print…Thank you!

  2. Excellent tutorial! Deeply appreciated by those of us with untidy Hittys or Hittys that wish to remain neat and clean. (Though one is always suspicious of persons that wish to remain too tidy…where’s the fun in that?!)

  3. Dulcie looked so worried while her dress was being washed and dried. She will undoubtedly remember the cleaning procedure in the future, and also do her best to avoid having to use the procedure!

  4. Awesome! I did not know this tip, and our Hittys will be blackberrying later today, as well … so this is perfect timing!

  5. well thank you for this handy tip. I used it today on a mulberry stain! I think mulberries are even messier then black berries! Worked a charm on my own apron!! I love the new blue pinny! I love those Mobius pinnies! you are such a genius….and a generous genius (the best kind!).

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