Yesterday a former co-worker of mine came into the library with a big basket of cross stitch supplies. She and her husband are in the process of packing and moving to their new retirement home, and she wanted to send her old floss and patterns to a loving home. Of course I volunteered!
So upon digging through everything, I found: DMC floss, separated by number into envelopes (evidently this was the way to handle floss back in the day, as I've received several hand-me-down collections from older ladies stored this way), lots of aida cloth - much of which I threw away because it was discolored and smelled gross, and a sad little pile of rather dated 1980's patterns. BUT! My friend had lived in Europe for several years while her husband was in the military....and she had purchased a couple Eva Rosenstand kits! None of the really elaborate ones, but there was cute little stylized summer tree with birds, and a sampler or 2. Also, a book of Gerda Bengtsson patterns, and a German stitching magazine from 1983. I felt like I'd gone shopping at Scandinavian Stitches! Now, any suggestions on how to get the musty smell out of these things??