Washing a Stamped Cross Stitch Project?

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Once the cross stitch project is complete, you will want to remove the stamped pattern from the fabric. Woolite or a similar product used in cold water is a good way to do this. This page contains helpful information about washing a stamped cross stitch project.


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October 27, 2016

I have just finished a stamped cross stitch pattern, now I want to wash it to remove the stamped pattern before wrapping it for a gift. What can I use so the floss colors won't bleed on the blanket?


November 7, 20162 found this helpful
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I hand wash my cross stitch items in cool water & Woolite or a gentle washing detergent. Lay the fabric in the sudsy water & gently push it up & down a few times or until the stamping is removed, then rinse in cold water until all the suds are gone, DO NOT squeeze or wring your piece. Hang it up, I drape my piece over a plastic hanger with the wrong sides facing each other or use clothes pins until it stops dripping then lay it face down on a color-fast fluffy towel, lay another color-fast towel on top & using a hot iron, iron over the top towel a few times to remove some moisture from your piece, remove the top towel & continue ironing on the back of your piece, moving it onto dry parts of the towel, blocking as you go, until it is dry.Using a fluffy towel stops your cross-stitching from flattening.


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December 28, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you. I followed your directions and my stamped cross stitch turned out perfectly! BTW, I used woolite.

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August 4, 20190 found this helpful

I obtained a 30 some year old cross stitch that my mom made w stamped parts that was not framed under glass. It is dirty and has a few stains. How best to clean it so the stamped parts dont come off? The stamped parts are words and the border to the project.

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