Keeping Your Needlework Clean

Written by Katrina Renouf


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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.


Repetitve Stress Injuries Due to Needlework

Written by Katrina Renouf


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Of course,repparttar best situation is to avoid injury completely, and here are some tips to keep you stitching for years to come.

1. Get an accurate diagnosis from a physician if you suspect you have a repetitive stress injury. There are many other conditions that can cause, mimic, or worsen RSI such as fibromyalgia, Lyme disease or arthritis.

2. Take frequent stretch and rest breaks while you are stitching or doing any other kind of repetitive task.

3. Try self massage tools. Self massage can actually be more effective than getting a full body massage from a masseuse. And it's cheaper, too! Some ofrepparttar 145333 best tools arerepparttar 145334 theracane andrepparttar 145335 backnobber. They are great for massaging trigger points in hard to reach places.

4. Try yoga. Even mainstream medical doctors are starting to recommend yoga for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga is something you can do even at your desk at work.

5. Eat a healthy diet. While it does not seem to be well known, a number of nutritional deficiencies can lead to tight muscles and joints.

6. Watch your posture. Poor posture is a major risk factor for RSI. When your bones are not properly aligned, then your muscles are forced to work harder to keep your body balanced and erect. Bad posture also causes stress in your spinal cord, which cuts nerves and signals to your arms and wrists. There have been studies that showrepparttar 145336 connection between hunching and tendinitis/repetitive stress injuries.

7. Get a good night's sleep. Muscles that are over tired may be more prone to injury. Caffeine can also interrupt sleep as well as make muscles twitch and get tight. 8. Walk or exercise as often as you can fit in (15-45 min.) This increases circulation, and keeps your body healthier, stronger, and better able to ward off problems. Include wrist exercises with weights.

9. DO NOT work through pain! Stop immediately if you feel discomfort/tightness/pain.

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


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