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« on: June 29, 2013 08:07:42 AM »

Hi!

I am just getting started with hand embroidery. I have some simple designs that I will be transferring to linen to make some nice decorative hoops. I haven't worked much with linen but wasn't sure if I should pre-wash it and/or iron it?

I see lots of recommendations for working with linen for clothes, but i'm not sure what folks do when they are working on hoops that will be hung on the wall. Any suggestions or descriptions of what works for them are greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2013 08:42:47 AM »

I'm a beginner too.  I've been washing everything.  I think this is especially important if you'll need to wash it after stitching to remove any transfer marks, though I haven't washed after stitching so far..  You'll definitely want to iron it to make sure it's nice and flat when you put it in the hoop, unless it already doesn't have any wrinkles.

Here's a website I've found terrifically helpful:  http://www.needlenthread.com/2012/11/preparing-linen-for-embroidery.html
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013 01:15:55 PM »

I am just getting started with hand embroidery. I have some simple designs that I will be transferring to linen to make some nice decorative hoops. I haven't worked much with linen but wasn't sure if I should pre-wash it and/or iron it?

I'd definitely pre-wash it, and if your threads allow, wash after stitching, too. I second the suggestion of Mary Corbet's NeedlenThread.com website for information, and I'm currently working on a series on ground fabrics, too, if that might help: http://stitchingwithashimmy.com/2013/05/31/lets-talk-about-fabric-part-1/

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013 06:20:14 AM »

Thank you for the advice everyone. the URLs and websites were really helpful :-)
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013 09:16:21 AM »

If I am just hanging something, I never wash it. Actually, I don't think I wash anything I stitch up, even towels. I do iron it and usually starch it.
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