Keeping Cross Stitch Fabric Clean?

I wash my hands several times a day, but I still end up with dirty cross stitch fabric. It is mostly on the back because I fold the Aida over the hoop, but I still end up with dirty looking areas on the front. Any tips for keeping it clean while I'm working? I have to use a hoop as I have neuropathy in my hands and can't hold loose cloth well.


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February 27, 20172 found this helpful

what I know that people who quilt do is wear gloves - they either wear thin, tight white fabric gloves, or you could also try using latex gloves. This will prevent the oils on your fingers from getting on yuor fabric. THe oils are what will always make it dirty and attract dirt, so the gloves should solve your problem

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

Wash your hands before you start working, and if you get sweaty hands, more often.

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February 18, 20181 found this helpful

I attach with a safety pin an old and very bleached linen towel or napkin to an edge of my work. It's a little awkward but always there to pull across my palm or project so my hands never are directly touching it.

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