FAQ About Needlework

Written by Katrina Renouf

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3. Can you tell me what isrepparttar best way to cleanrepparttar 145335 finished product? Is it dry clean or hand wash? Or not clean at all?

You should always wash your finished piece because even if it doesnít look dirty, it will have some dirt on it andrepparttar 145336 oils left by your hands will attract more. You should also never iron your needlework before itís been cleans since, like a dryer, it will makerepparttar 145337 dirt and oils permanent.

I suggest washing with a gentle soap like ivory or baby shampoo, though I feelrepparttar 145338 best choice is Orvus quilt soap. Itís non-abrasive and free of harsh chemicals, which makes it perfect for needlework. I donít suggest Woolite since it contains bleach. Use cool water and let your piece soak for 5-10 minutes, and then gently sudsrepparttar 145339 piece. Rinse it by dipping it in cool clean water. If any ofrepparttar 145340 colors begin to bleed, continue rinsing untilrepparttar 145341 water remains clear. When itís completely rinsed layrepparttar 145342 piece flat on a towel and gently roll it up. This will blot uprepparttar 145343 extra moisture. NEVER wring or twist your needlework!!

The next step is ironing. First, place your needlework face down on a dry towel and place another thinner towel or press fabric onrepparttar 145344 other side. Putting a towel underneath helps keeprepparttar 145345 stitches from getting flattened. Be sure to use a dry iron thatís set onrepparttar 145346 appropriate fabric setting. Letrepparttar 145347 piece fully cool before moving.

After this first washing,repparttar 145348 floss and fabric should be color fast and you shouldnít have any other problems washing it.

I hope these hits help make your needlework projects even better!

Katrina Renouf is the founder and owner of the cross stitch website www.matkailuxstitch.com.

Keeping Your Needlework Clean

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Blood: The best way to remove your blood is your saliva. It may take a lot to dissolve it, so it might not berepparttar best thing to do while waiting inrepparttar 145334 doctorís office. Youíll want to saturaterepparttar 145335 stain with saliva and keep adding more untilrepparttar 145336 blood is gone. When itís gone, washrepparttar 145337 piece, but in cold water only. The saliva trick only works with your blood though, not anyone elseís. In this case,repparttar 145338 best thing to do is to use hydrogen peroxide. Dab it carefully onrepparttar 145339 blood drop and be ready to rinse. Remember to test it first, especially on colored fabrics. Another answer is to use mix a solution of 85% table salt and water, then rinse.

Pencil Marks: Use a solution of 3 parts rubbing alcohol, one part water, and 1.2 tsp. of dish detergent.

Rust: Mix 1 tsp. of oxalic acid (available at most pharmacies) in one cup hot water and dabrepparttar 145340 solution onrepparttar 145341 stain. Wash and rinse well.

Food Stains: Be careful with anything with bleach in it if youíre using 100% linen, very hot water is ok though.

Red Wine: Soak up what you can with a paper napkin and then dump a pile of table salt ontorepparttar 145342 stain. Rub it around intorepparttar 145343 stain, and washrepparttar 145344 cloth as soon as possible.

When youíre project is completed it is important to wash it again before framing, or whatever you plan to do with it. I donít recommend washing your piece inrepparttar 145345 washing machine, even onrepparttar 145346 gentle cycle. The way I have heard suggestedrepparttar 145347 most is to use a product called Orvus. Just put a little bit in with cold water and let it soak for a bit. Then rinse it until all soap is gone. Ifrepparttar 145348 colors happen to run, you should use water as close torepparttar 145349 boiling point as possible. This isrepparttar 145350 temperature they curerepparttar 145351 colors at, so it makes sense to removerepparttar 145352 dye inrepparttar 145353 same way. It also preventsrepparttar 145354 dye from resettling

Donít wringrepparttar 145355 fabric as it can distortrepparttar 145356 threads and fabric weave. You can roll it in a towel to absorbrepparttar 145357 excess water and it doesnít leave as many wrinkles.

Katrina Renouf is the founder and owner of the cross stitch website www.matkailuxstitch.com.

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