The treadle table Ms White is built into has the nicest acorn and oak leaf design, much fancier dare I say it, than any Singer sewing machine table I have seen. For Ms White's birthday I thought I'd give her a makeover - or a least, a wax.
To start with I tried a commercial cleaning/polishing cream called Neopol, which is also good on leather. The Neopol smells wonderful, kind of lemony, it's a great product and I have been using it for years.
So imagine my surprise when the homemade beeswax polish I made worked even better, giving the wood a greater depth of colour and bringing out a hint of red.
See the top photo, far lefthand drawer
|top photo: left = homemade beeswax polish, middle = Neopol, right = original condition|
middle photo: top = after waxing, bottom = original condition
bottom photo: all beeswaxed
It made me wonder, what other homemade products might be out there that I could make? Have You made a Homemade cleaner and like better it than store bought? If so, Please let me know.
If you'd like to make beeswax wood polish yourself, here's How I Made Mine
|the cat helps with buffing while the chicken just stares. lazy chicken|
After considerable time figuring out the correct needle position to get the needle thread to loop over the boat shuttle to form a stitch...I am proud to say: Yes. Sew in a straight line however? That's another story.
Turns out treadling and steering the fabric is an art I have yet to master...
|my first attempt at using a treadle sewing machine. Not quite a straight line...|