Washing Finished Projects

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Washing Finished Projects

by Rose » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:51 am

I am putting up this as a sticky as the subject comes up often by new members.


What I do is wash all of my finished projects, unless they are stitched on perforated paper. I throw then in the wash machine on the gentle cycle with my delicates. I use liquid Tide and Downey Fabric Softner. I hang all of the pieces out on the clothes line to dry. When they are completely dry I take them in and iron them, with a mediun heat iron. Depending on the piece I will also sometimes use spray starch. Very lite starch. If you look in my gallery or my webshots every one of those pieces has been washed with no ill-effects.

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by Angel » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:02 am

That's good to know. I have one I need to send out to mags, and there's a LOT of white in it and I want to wash it, but I didn't want to ruin it and have to do it all over from scratch, but it needs washing because...well...it's white...

*can wash it in peace now, knowing how and that it won't ruin*
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by Serinde » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:14 am

Try putting the piece in a lingerie bag and washing on a gentle cycle with something like Persil Silk and Wool (but a liquid product, not a powder or tablet). It'll be fine.
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by Mabel Figworthy » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:25 am

I admit I've so far hand-washed only, but protected in a pillowcase or sth like that it should be all right -- I'm always a bit worried about thread ends working loose, even though I know I've secured them well. (Paranoid? Me?)
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by PaulaH » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:42 pm

I must admit I've only ever handwashed mine - the one of Mum's face took me 4 years to finish so that needed a serious soak.

I usually put some Dreft or even washing up liquid in a bowl, swish it around and then change the water for clear, swish again then onto a white towel which I roll up like a sausage and squish to get the excess liquid out then place flat on another towel until it's almost dry - I usually iron them just damp on the wrong side then leave it to dry naturally.

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by hada56 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:30 pm

I hand wash all of my cross stitching, although I did try it in the washing machine: it frayed something terrible! never more....
after hand washing it, I leave it to dry flat on a clean towel, then iron it, face down, on another towel, but never pressing down, or very gently.
 
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Becca » Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:13 am

I washed a couple of cross stitches by hand yesterday. I washed them with some washing up liquid, then rinsed them in clean water a couple of times.
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by mags » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:26 pm

I think I mentioned somewhere about some cards a friends daughter had sent me. Well I took the cross stitch out, intending to make them into ornaments. They had gone very yellow where she had used double sided tape. :shock:

It was only yellow on the unstitched aida, so I first tried sticky stuff remover to get rid of the sticky. Then hand washed them in a gentle washing solution. They were still yellow.

So I then soaked them for some time in a solution of vanish powder (the pink tub for coloured fabrics) with fairly hot water. They were soaking for a few hours. They have come up nice. :D
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Rose » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:12 am

If you are going to wash your finished project in the washing machine be sure to zigzag, or surge, or in someway stitch the edges of the fabric first. This is necessary because otherwise it will fray.
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by nettie » Sun May 04, 2008 11:42 pm

I handwash all my projects as if something starts to go wrong like fraying or colour runs I can whip it out of the water and rescue it. I always dry it flat and iron it while it is still slightly damp between a folded towel.
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by lacemaker2004 » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:33 pm

I hand wash the ones that take a long time to do.....mainly because by the time I'm done with them they need it! :lol:

anyway, I hand wash with a solution for stitching or for panty hose but only if it doesn't have handdyed threads. They're not always color safe and I don't want them to run. I also wash them before beading so no water gets trapped in the beads. When I'm done washing I roll it in a thick towel and then hang it from the shower curtain on a pants hanger. I'll gently tug it into shape and smooth it down to get the worst of the wrinkles and hoop marks out. When it's fairly dry then I'll gently iron it the rest of the way. The slight dampness helps the rest of the wrinkles come out.
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by hada56 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:59 pm

to stop the fabric from fraying, there are several choices, but I think the best would be: hand wip stitch or machince zig-zag around. Also, if there's enough fabric, you can fold about 1/2 centimeter and then either hand or machine baste.
 
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by CarolinaGirl » Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:10 pm

I have always handwashed myself. It always makes me so nervous to wash them! You work so hard on something and if it were to ruin I would be sick! So many different tips here, I will have to try them out!

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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by benceagi » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:35 am

I always wash my pieces, usually in Perwoll - or I think any detergent would do which is mild (look for those that can be used for washing silk and wool.)
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Serinde » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:34 am

Persil Silk and Wool is a favourite of mine. Whatever you decide, steer clear of powdered detergents. My experience is that they always seem to leave a residue. (And you have to wash it all over again... :evil: )
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Jilly » Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:51 pm

A link to a 'just how useful vinegar is' site :D
http://www.vinegarbook.net/vinegar_tips_vinegar_for_laundry.shtml
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Rose » Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:20 am

I don't know what fairy is but I use liquid tide and have never had a problem. If you get a spot on your fabric that is oil based then you can use Dawn dish soap.
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Fljotsdale » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:43 pm

I'm one who likes to save myself work!

So - I've not read this thread before, because I've never had to wash anything I've stitched!
I always make sure I wash my hands before I start, and I never eat while stitching.
Also, I find using a roll frame means less handling of the fabric; plus, if you protect the part of the fabric that rests against your body while you stitch (I use a bit of clingfilm), there is no 'rub' damage, and a white cloth or apron over your clothes also helps keep your work clean.

With hoops, or with very small stuff that doesn't need any sort of frame, but which involve more handling of the fabric, the same principles apply, only more so - wash hands before stitching, use a white protective cloth over your clothes, and don't eat! :wink:
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Violet » Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:46 am

Well...... As a Cross Stitcher for over 20 years, you can imagine how many things I have washed! Firstly, let me say that I am a DMC fan. I have a stash of over 150 DMC threads now (glad I didn't have to buy them all at once!) I have NEVER had a problem with any of my projects "running" in the wash. I just wash them with whatever powder or liquid I am using at the time! I have even soaked them in "nappy" or "diaper" solution and I have NEVER had a problem with colours running.

THE ONLY TIME I HAVE HAD A "RUNNING" colour problem was with a kit! (Complete package... Aida - threads - pattern) I don't want to "Bag" another brand of thread, but it was not a DMC kit... in fact I am pretty sure it was the major competitor.....

I will use ONLY DMC threads, I am confident that they will not run and are colourfast through years of washing (I have towels that I have washed for years with my cross stitch panels attached and the towels fade before the stitching!)
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Lisa2758 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:30 pm

I've used Woolite in the past but someone told me that the chemicals could damage the stitching in future so now I use original Fairy liquid. I always stitch with a hoop so my stuff gets really filthy but it seems to wash well.
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