Restoration & Textile Conservation


Textile Conservators are on staff to meet with private collectors and develop an individual preservation strategy. All work follows guidelines established by the American Institute of Conservation. Treatment examples include the cleaning, stabilizing, and remounting of samplers for archival framing, quilt repair and wet-cleaning, and the conservation and re-backing of tapestries from the Middle East. We work with a mix of clients from individual collectors to museums and quilt associations. Insurance estimates and recovery work is done in-house and appraisals can be arranged.

Appointments are necessary for a conservator to meet with a client to view the object together and discuss what the client would like done and what is possible to accomplish. The next step is to leave the piece with the conservator to examine and write an Analysis with Recommendations. This document informs the client what should be done to their object to achieve the final goal for the piece. Included is a detailed cost. All pieces need to be insured by the owners; we do not carry insurance for objects left with us for examination.


Mary Juillet-Paonessa, owner of CT Quilt Works, Inc. and Textile Conservator, has spent forty years in the textile arena first as a millinery and accessories designer after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In Connecticut, she has sold vintage quilts and commissioned quilts for over 20 years. She received her MS in Textile Conservation and Historic Research from the University of Rhode Island in2008 and has been working in the conservation field ever since. Her mission is to educate collectors in best practices for preservation of their textiles.

Susan Jerome is also a graduate from the University of Rhode Island with an MS in Textile Conservation and Historic Research. She is on staff at CT Quilt Works and works at the University of Rhode Island.

Send us your request or project.  We would love to help you restore your cherished textile.

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