I finished off these 3 bad boys, and true to my word here, waited until I had washed and framed them before putting them up for viewing. I thought I’d share some tips about washing your cross stitches, just in case you haven’t tried it yourself yet.
I’ve always been quite daunted at the thought of washing my cross stitches. Up until recently, I haven’t ever done it because I’ve been too afraid that I’d ruin all the hard work I put into making it.
I have to tell you though, its not that hard. At all.
One this I should mention as the first point is don’t wash them if you’re in a hurry, or if you’re feeling a little impatient. I don’t think this is something to be rushed, as you might end up being a bit too harsh with your piece and I can just imagine the tears / anger that will follow if something terrible happened.
one. Use cold water to set colours. Run your cross stitch under cold water if you have some dubious colours that could run. For example, in my Hakuna Matata cross stitched I use a red DMC thread, but I thought might possibly run so I put some cold water on it prior to actually washing it, and thankfully all was okay! :)
two. Use lukewarm water and liquid washing detergent, and only a few drops. Liquid detergent seems to work a lot better for me than granules.
three. Gently submerge a few times in the lukewarm water, and work on a particular area if there’s been an accident (I’m looking at you, adorable, inquisitive yet somewhat destructive little sister, whom I do love a lot). Be patient with this step. Rinse off your cross stitch with cold clean water to get rid of any detergent residue.
four. Lay flat on a clean, lint free fluffy towel, fold over towel, and press gently with hand. You can leave it like this for a half hour or so, but it’s totally up to you.
five. Iron with a medium heat, font face down on fluffy towel so not to crush the stitches. I can’t emphasis this point enough. I recently iron a piece just on a pillowcase, and the lack of ‘fluffiness’ of the pillowcase resulted in my stitches being quite stuck out, which was both noticeable and not flattering for my piece at all. Don’t worry though. If that happens it’s totally fixable, just use a fluffy towel instead. Iron till mostly dry.
six. Leave your cross stitch to completely dry on towel, and keep out of a high traffic area and admire your handiwork once finished!
There’s lot of tips out there for washing your cross stitch, but I promise it is definitely worth it, and makes your white or cream aida just pop a little more. Depending on how long you’ve been working on your cross stitch, your hands will leave grease / oil stains on them, even if you wash your hands before starting like me!