Monday, October 26, 2015

Helpful Hankie

A while back, I was given a beautiful hankie from umintsuru, who tatted a gorgeous border on it. I put it in a drawer to keep it pristine. Why?

Yesterday, while frustrated that I could not get my glasses streak free, I had a brainwave. Why not use hankies, instead of tissues or towelling to dry them after cleaning?

I have given most of the hankies I have worked on away, but I remembered umintsuru's beauty and promptly rescued it from its hiding place. Perfect solution to my filmy glasses problems! Thanks again, Wendy!


I'll be laundering it, and it will get very worn, but what else is a hankie for? I know that some tatters carry a hankie in their purse all the time. Do you?


Umintsuru - what is this pattern?

14 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful hanky! I have several hankies that I use at home. I seldom take them with me, because I've almost lost two of my favorites.

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  2. I don't but I think I will! What is that pattern? It's gorgeous!

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    1. No idea! I added a photo and a question to Wendy... Hopefully she will tell us. ; )

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  3. I always carry a hanky perhaps because I wear glasses. Once on the bus to work someone needed one. I offered them mine and it was returned to me clean the next week. Mine have crochet and I've yet to trim one with tatting, a future project.

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  4. Good idea! It's a shame to edge the hankies and then hide them in a drawer.

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  5. Hankies are better for Glasses, never use a tissue or a paper towel they are made from paper and paper is made from wood and can scratch lens.
    Beautiful hankie yes I would love to know what the pattern is too.
    Margaret

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    1. Margaret, my Optometrist told me that I could use tissues as these days the plastics and coatings are so strong that you cannot scratch them! But I find I go through the tissues too quickly because I like clean glasses.

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  6. Thanks for the comments, All. I love that now more people will pull the hankies out of the drawer and will use them for cleaning glasses. They deserve to be used! : ))

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  7. I find the microfibre cloth quite useful to clean my reading glasses. Fox wanted to know the pattern used for the hanky. It was from Angeline Crichlow's book which Fox so generously sent around the world to tatters. I had a chance at the book and decided to use this pattern for the hanky. See details here: http://umintsuru.blogspot.sg/2012/08/edged-hanky-2012-1.html?m=1

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  8. I've always carried a lacy hanky in my handbag or pocket…. they are handy for all sorts of things, they can be laundered, last forever… and look so pretty! What is there not to like? I know they may seem old-fashioned to some but I'm very pro hankies. :-)

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    1. You, Frivole, are my main hankie enabler! : ))

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  9. I have carried a hanky with me for many years, sometimes trimmed with tatting, sometimes plain. When I choose an edging for a hanky, I often deliberate over which pattern will be easiest to press after the hanky is laundered. I'd much rather tat than spend time ironing things.
    StephanieW

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