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A New Twist on Scarves
writes, "Snow? Is that what I see outside my window? That confirms that my plan to give you some "scarfy" tidbits is due. I remember that I told you in past blogs scarves were a way to stretch your last year's garments into this year's current, happening fashion statements. Today, I'll provide you with some interesting factoids along with some video tutorials that provide some easy, fresh scarf tying tips."
Did you know...

- In ancient Egypt scarves were a symbol of great social status.

- In ancient China warriors donned scarves as a symbol of their rank. Even ancient sculptures of Chinese warriors are wearing scarves.

- In Rome linen cloths were used to wipe sweat from faces and necks. This became a fashion accessory and people wore the cloths around their necks, over their shoulders and around their waist as a sash.

- In France cravets were worn and the hue represented an individual’s political party.

How do I store my scarves?
Some people recommend a designated drawer for your scarves but I think they’re best stored where you can see them. Wall mounted hooks or a scarf hanger that holds several are both good alternatives to a drawer. You will be more likely to wear them if you can see them. Make sure wherever they are stored they are kept out of direct sunlight.

What about storage after the season is over?
Make sure you launder your scarves before storing them. If you are storing them with other garments, be sure those items are clean too. It is recommended to store scarves in Ziploc bags to protect them from moths. Make sure to store them out of direct sunlight. Never use mothballs; cedar or lavender sachets are fine but if your garment is clean and stored in a Ziploc you shouldn’t need them.

What do I do if a moth has damaged my scarf?
Unfortunately, we all have stored something we thought was clean enough only to find moth damage when we unpack it the following season. If there is food or body odors on your garment they are candidates for moth damage. If this has happened here’s what to do:

- Place the scarf in your freezer for about 48 hours (let others in the household know you are doing this so they won’t think you are crazy).

- Then, leave the scarf in a warm environment for 12 hours (like in your car under direct sunlight, which may be hard this time of year. Your fireplace mantle under close watch could work).

- Lastly, store it back in your freezer for another 12 hrs. This back and forth between hot and cold will kill moths, larvae or eggs (gross).

- Find a good seamstress who may be able to mend your garment.

What kind of scarf should I buy?
A variety! That's the point. A scarf can give your wardrobe variety so you might as well have some interesting options to choose from. The infinity scarf (continuous loop), fringed scarves and fur (real or faux) are all fun trends this season. You can’t go wrong with cashmere but there are many wool blends that don't carry the price punch. For those of you that are allergic to wool, don't fret, I ordered some great acrylic scarves for Ruby Lou that feel fantastic and are easy on the pocket book.

How do I tie my scarf?
We all know the easy way of looping it around our neck a few times and calling it good. But, if you want an easy twist you'll be happy to know that there are many tutorial videos if you do a web search. I found a couple that are instructional, practical and super easy to do. Check them out for yourself:



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