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Topic: Cleaning Up After Myself (x-stitch)  (Read 744 times)
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« on: February 09, 2008 06:43:27 AM »

So I am two slow-days-at-work from finishing my first big cross-stitch project. I've been working on it since October and this includes indoors, outdoors, rooms without doors(?), packing it away for a move and leaving it out while moving everything around it...and I did it on white cloth, of course.

What tips, advice, do's and DO NOTS can anyone help me with when it comes to cleaning this up?

Is there a place you can take it, like certain craft stores (if so I am in the Rancho Cordova/Sacramento, CA area if anyone knows something local).

Thanks for any and all your info!!!

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2008 09:04:32 AM »

I just hand wash my work with a soft detergent (like soap). The DMC yarn is completely colour safe, others I don't have any experience of.
Don't wring it dry, just hang it  wet for a while, not too long, you want it damp when you block it. Stretch it carefully and block it, and you're done.

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 11:03:17 AM »

Yes, an easy and gentle hand washing is probably best.

Not to preach  Smiley but in the future always be sure your hands are clean when picking up your work. Natural oils in our hands can cause discolorations on work. Plus petting pets because they have a lot of oil in their fur. I wash my hands frequently when doing any kind of needle work or knit and crochet. Also keep it in a bag of some sort when not being worked on.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008 11:13:44 AM »

If its very dirty, I would advise you to take it to your Local Embroidery/Needlework shop, many of them have framing right in their shop.  If you take it to them, they should be able to get it in shape, as well as block it properly.  For future projects, I would definately keep your work covered, your hands cleaned, and so on.  Then you can look for "blocking needlework" online to learn how to prepare your work for framing the next time.  It's not usually cheap to get a professional to take care of your needlework for you!  Can't wait to see a pic of what you did!

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