Once you have completed stitching your project you may need to wash it.
You do not always have to do this as it depends on the project. If it is just a quick stitch that you are making up to place on a card then you probably wouldn’t bother, but if you have been working on the stitching a design for weeks then it will inevitably have gathered oils and dirt from your hands and dust from the air. After spending so long working on your project it would be a shame to spoil it right at the end, so we recommend that you gently hand-wash in warm water with a little dish washing liquid.
Remember the fabric is not really dirty, like a kids T-shirt, so it doesn’t need heavy washing especially if you have used metallic threads or beads.
Put warm water in a sink, tub or bowl. Add a small amount of dish washing liquid. Immerse your fabric and gently swish it around and pat it up & down until you are happy that it is clean. If you have any stubborn stains try Sarb Wonder Soap from your supermarket or Magic Wand satin remover, but again be gentle.
If your work is beaded be extra careful as you do not want to damage the beads.
Rinse it in more fresh warm water to get any suds out then lift it out, hold it up so that most of the water drains off. Lay it flat on an opened towel. Roll up the towel and press out the water gently by pushing down on the towel. Finally, lay the fabric flat on a clean dry towel, out of the sun, and let it dry. Face-down is best to keep it clean.
Once your fabric is dry it can be ironed by placing face down on a fluffy towel and pressing gently with iron. Try not to have iron too hot but just hot enough to remove wrinkles. It is now ready to be laced and framed, or prepared for display. If you are not ready to display the finished work straight away then store it either lying flat, or rolled up inside some fabric e.g. inside a pillow case.
Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any further questions.