Washing your completed cross stitch is an easy and necessary process.
After completing your cross stitch project it is important to wash it before framing or finishing. Your work accumulates oils from your skin, and dust from the atmosphere, and in some homes dust and fibres from pets. Oils from your skin can cause your work to yellow over time, andwashing thoroughly will help to remove them.
There may also be some accidental spills and marks on your work. These should be treatedimmediately, as some may cause permanent damage to your fabric, and will become more difficult to remove the longer they are left. Wine, milk, soft drink or food can all leave stains that unless treated immediately can ruin your work.
Some food and drinks contain acids that could eat into your fabric if not treated immediately. Washing your work will also help get out creases and marks from hoops and frames.
These instructions are for work that has been done with colorfast floss and fabric. Not all fibres are colorfast, and you should be aware if the product you have used is suitable to wash. Silk or wool threads are not suitable to wash.
Some hand dyed fabrics and floss are not colorfast and washing will cause the dyes to run.
Before washing check the label on the product that you are using.
If you are using hand dyed threads, you could wash them in warm water before starting. Washing and rinsing them several times will ensure that all of the residual dye has been removed.
If you are going to be working a large piece that will take some time, this will ensure that you can safely wash your work when you have finished.
If you are unsure, test the thread or fabric that you have used. Immerse a snippet of your fabric and a few of your threads in some warm water.