Washing Embroidery

The most intimidating part of embroidery is having to wash it. I’m always afraid it will be ruined somehow after all of the effort of stitching. This often leads to ‘forgetting’ this step. A terrible habit to have and one that needs work. Knowing that I’d spent a year working on Four Season: a Primative Quaker Year the 2018 SAL by Jacob de Graaf of Modern Folk Embroidery and knew it would be a piece to grace my walls for years through changes in style and taste. Skipping washing would cause immense regret later and though I’ve been washing irregularly for years, I felt a quick review of best practices in order, mostly because my soap collection and options have increased with my forays into spinnning and also because I’ve learned that soaps for plant based fibers, animal based fibers and synthetics are very different. That last has been learned in the fashion one learns things when one is just learning that there are questions to be asked and what those questions might be. This once I asked those questions. Google had lots to say, often about technique, rarely about materials, but when DMC’s embroidery washing tutorial came up I felt I’d found a trusted source. Having assumed correctly that they would cover techniques and materials and that it would be perfect for my DMC fibers on linen stitchers. There was, however, something I didn’t expect. I won’t ruin it for you. Just check them out. Even if you already wash regularly. And share them with a friend, whether they stitch or not.

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