Blackberry-picking is the most fun, but it comes with its own hazards…
Purple Blackberry stain!
Oh no, Dulcie got a purple stain on her prettiest dress…
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…
…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!
The stain has completely disappeared! I didn’t realise there was a little leaf under there!
Then a normal washing with soap and water…
Hurry up and dry
…Dulcie is a bit impatient. It is too hot for her flannel nightie.
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.