Cross Stitch Washing/Blocking
|We are often asked how to clean or block a completed piece of counted
Use Ensure or FabriCare (both made especially for washing needlework) or
any mild detergent (detergent, not soap) -- not a product made for wool --
nothing with bleaching crystals or a softener.
Use cold-to-tepid water, not warm -- make sure the detergent is all dissolved
before adding the needlework.
Soak as needed to remove all soil and excess dyes (usually a few minutes
or hours, but a few days if necessary).
Rinse thoroughly (several times) in cold or cool water. Do not wring
Lay the needlework on one end of a terry cloth towel. Flip the other end
of the towel up over the needlework and pat the towel to remove excess moisture.
Remove and hang up the towel to dry. Place the needlework right-side down
on a padded ironing board and iron with a dry iron set on cotton until dry.
Allow the needlework to lay flat at least several hours before framing or
For more assistance with difficult cleaning problems:
or call us at 860-257-2718 (ask for Judie)
Thistle Needleworks - Wethersfield CT
Revised - May 5, 2021