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« on: December 28, 2009 01:35:58 PM »

I'm preparing to embroider for the first time.  I cross-stitched some when I was younger, but that's all and it's been a VERY long time. 

I bought a kit and a book from Sublime Stitching.  I want to embroider some tea towels for a family member, but I'm confused about prepping them for stitching.  The book, Embroidered Effects, recommended a warm wash without putting them through the dryer.  I did that, and they are currently line drying.  Should I iron them before stitching?

I found some info on the forums for what to do AFTER they stitching is finished, but nothing for BEFORE.  I'd appreciate any help!
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 05:51:47 PM »

I iron mine before stitching, it makes a cleaner surface to work with. I do if after too.

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010 11:04:50 AM »

the washing and drying is really to make sure that the fabric has shrunk all of the way, otherwise it will shrink later when washed and dried and then your nice pretty stitches will become loose and sloppy.  I always wash and dry first, especially cotton, as it shrinks a lot in the process.

Kittykill is right ironing helps, especially since you want nice tight tension. It makes the pattern easier to see too.

if your towel is loosely woven you might save yourself some frustration by adding a stabilizer at this point.  But if it's a tight weave, skip it!

Have fun with it, can't wait to see what you make Smiley

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