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By September 15, 2008

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I have written before about carrying my stitching with me where ever I go. One of the risks this involves is getting said project dirty. No matter how careful I am, when I take my stitching out into the world, anything can happen!

Recently, I had an email from an About.com Cross Stitch member who wondered what I use to clean my stitching. Well, I typically use a few drops of mild detergent like dishwashing liquid. If I have a stain, how I treat it depends on what it is. For example, if I managed to prick myself and bleed on the project, I soak it in cold water until the stain is out. Other stains require different solutions.

But, I am not talking about stained projects in the poll - I am just interested in how you clean your projects. Here we are just removing the grime that can attach itself to a project from daily stitching.

If you have a great tip about taking care of Cross Stitch fabric or any other topic related to Cross Stitch, be sure to send it in. Submit your tip today.


September 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm
(1) Kate says:

It’s surprising how dirty things can get! I try to pick projects that are fairly dark as at least any grime gets disguised! I do admire people who can produce wonderful light colored work without the odd discoloration. I don’t mind when things age and mature in color – as long as it all ages at the same time. Kate

September 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm
(2) Mac says:

Thanks to a tip on this site, Johnson’s Baby Bar works wonders for stains from curious kids and their pets. Can’t remember the name of the genius who discovered this and was kind enough to post it!

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