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niftyspark
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9:23 am Jun 26, 2013

I started peacock and doves, and I barely have one page stiched and the fabric is already getting grubby, esp on the edges. I have already taken steps to cover the rest of the fabric, but do you think I should wash before I'm done? I work infrequently on this project, and by the time I finish, I'm afraid that the dirt stains will be too dark and ingrained. Any suggestions?
plr1340plr
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Location: Pensacola, FL
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8:12 pm Jun 27, 2013

Hi Niftyspark, Pamn Ravenscroft here. Should be okay to wash it before finish. You are right about the grubbiness getting "set in". I've done this early washing a couple of times to no ill effect.
Live long and prosper, Pamn
armywife
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Joined: 07 Nov 2009
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Location: Madison, MS
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2:42 pm Jan 01, 2014

How do you ladies wash the fabric while stitching? I have a similar situation with a dirty spot on fabric before I figured out to put a white pillow case over the arm of the chair I'm working in. I was wondering if I could just damp wash the affected part? Any suggestions on washing work in progress?

Thanks! And Happy New Year to all!!!
Pam
plr1340plr
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4:08 pm Jan 01, 2014

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Originally posted by armywife
How do you ladies wash the fabric while stitching? I have a similar situation with a dirty spot on fabric before I figured out to put a white pillow case over the arm of the chair I'm working in. I was wondering if I could just damp wash the affected part? Any suggestions on washing work in progress?

Thanks! And Happy New Year to all!!!
Pam


Hi Pam, Pamn here. (I love that!) Do not spot wash; you're asking for rings of demarcation if you do. Just gently wash the entire thing all at once using VERY diluted Dawn dish washing detergent (use the clear, no scented kind preferably). Wash the piece by sloshing it around in shallow, tepid water FACE DOWN. This is so that if there is any dye bleeding it will not settle on the face of the piece. Rinse extremely well, then rinse again. "Wring the piece out" by rolling it in a light colored towel, then squeezing the towel. Very gently press it dry face down on a clean towel using a warm iron. Be prepared, this part takes awhile. When you're finished, let the piece "rest" for about an hour so any moisture still lurking about can evaporate. Then you can stitch again. Just remember to do everything gently, gently and you should be good to go. Live long and prosper, Pamn.
Patricia
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Location: Florida and Ontario
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3:03 pm Jan 16, 2014

Just an aside here. Somehow I got a spot of red penonmy material while working on it.. The pattern had ivy leaves, so \I just added another ivy leaf over the spot.. so who knew..but y'all now.... Pam Pensecola? I am in Niceville..

Very Happy
plr1340plr
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4:02 pm Jan 16, 2014

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Originally posted by Patricia
Just an aside here. Somehow I got a spot of red penonmy material while working on it.. The pattern had ivy leaves, so \I just added another ivy leaf over the spot.. so who knew..but y'all now.... Pam Pensecola? I am in Niceville..

Very Happy


Hi Pam, Pamn here. Yep, I'm in Pensacola. We're practically neighbors. I miss the shop they used to have in Ft. Walton Beach, Strawberry Stitchery, it was called (I think). Get in touch sometime. I'm at pravenscroft at yahoo dot com. (Close up spaces, change words to appropriate markings.) Live long and prosper, Pamn
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