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« on: May 03, 2004 06:31:28 PM »

Jeez, now you know what kind of Monday I have had HAHAHA. I mean, I am starting an embroidery project. Should I also wash before starting,or is that just for sewing? Again I am so sorry! This is roses with ribbons all the way around them,it is so pretty. Thank you again.  Kim Huh Huh Huh

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2004 08:37:24 AM »

i usually hold off on the washing until after i've finished the project.  

« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2004 04:02:12 AM »

Thank you! I wasn't sure about the washing,everything else gets washed first.

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2004 01:26:24 PM »

If it's something you think will shrink, I'd wash it first (you don't want it to get all wierd and puffy if the fabric shrinks and the thread doesn't) but otherwise, I wouldn't because the crispiness makes it easier to embroider on.
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2004 02:38:46 PM »

I did wash them,I thought they might pucker.I can't find most of my floss,I am going nuts here.(or just getting old)  hahahaha

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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2004 09:23:49 AM »

Friends of mine who are really big on embroidery or cross stitch also wash their floss before they start. They tell me some of the colors are not as stable and that they might run when you wash the finished piece. I do not do as much of this as they do, but I do not wash my floss and have never had any problems. I kind of suspect this has to do with how they dyed things decades ago. I think the new technology has improved the stability of the dyes.
I was wondering if the thread might shrink and pull on the fabric if you preshrunk the fabric, but not the floss. Especially if you used cotton floss.

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2004 08:46:15 PM »

i've done a lot of cross stitch....and i've NEVER washed any of it? does this make me a bad person? what i do is be really careful not to get it dirty while stitching, and then i usually frame it under glass....i think i'd be too concerned about losing threads or my fabric fraying and getting to small if i washed it.

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2004 12:15:18 PM »

I have embroidered since I was 6 (38 now )and I have never washed my floss, and I don't wash aida cloth until after its been stitched. But if its something like muslin I wash iron and starch it before I stitch, starch gives a crisp finish that I like and it also helps repel the dirt. Another tip I can give you is to wash your hands before you stitch, and I use and oil free lotion on my hands Keri advanced is the brand I use.
My grnadmother use to wash her flosses but they ran back in the day, now most are pretty good. If its old floss you miht want to rinse it to be sure.

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