Wash faded ribbons in cold soapsuds. Rinse, shake out, spread on the ironing-board, and cover with muslin, ironing while damp.
Women in mourning frequently discard long crape veils and trimmings, not because they are ruined by the rain, but because they do not know how to care properly for this material when it is wet. It should be dried immediately, spreading it out, but not near the fire. If it is stained with mud, clean it with cold water, and dry away from the fire, air, and sunshine. English crape, when it has become limp, should be dampened with brandy, then rolled on a roller. Moisten it at each turn, and evenly throughout. Milk may also be used to dampen crape and to restore its color, but the crape should be carefully sponged afterward with water.
Black thread stockings may be washed as follows: Never use soap, but a suds made of a teacupful of bran inclosed in a muslin bag, thrown into warm water, and well stirred. First wash the stockings in this preparation. On taking them out of the water, roll them in a towel, pressing strongly, and dry quickly near the fire, not in the air.
If this precaution be taken, the stockings will retain a fine black color, and never grow dingy. If they are neglected and become rusty, the color can be restored by boiling them in one quart of water, into which a few chips of logwood have been thrown.
Felt hats which have been wet should be brushed before drying. Rip off the trimmings ; begin brushing at the border, and continue turning, always on the same side, until the center is reached at the very top. Place the hat on a mold and let it dry before putting it away. It will be as fine and beautiful as when new.
In putting gowns away for the season, wrap them in blue paper tightly sealed., White silk skirts should be placed in a second covering of muslin, and the bodices put away in cases or boxes. Fold the trains their full length.