August 24, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

This week's question is courtesy for Anne... check out her Tanglewood finish. It's awesome!! :D

How do you prepare your fabric/projects? Do you pre-wash, or wash after?

I always iron the fabbie with lots of steam to get out all the creases before they go on the scroll bar. Then, after the project is finished, it gets ironed on a medium setting. First on the back, and then the front, with a towel over the stitching.

I never wash... before or after. Do I hear a lot of gasp and exclamation of dismay? *giggle*

21 comments :

Topcho said...

Whatever I'm doing it, I'm doing it after. Ironing and washing. Ok, there were times I missed the washing (but keep that secret!). On other hand, sometimes I had to do washings in the middle of stitching the project.. due to some.. ahem,, accidents.

Lesleyanne said...

I wash and iron my projects after as usually they are mucky after I have finished with them. Sometimes I iron before but not always.

TammyK said...

*Gasp* I thought I was the only one that never washed a finished piece unless it's a charity square then I wash after it's finished. I iron after I finish too. Another great question Joyce :)

Sarah said...

Many of my current WIPs are stitched with overdyed silks which are not necessarily colorfast. Thus, washing when finished is not the best idea. I make sure I stitch with clean hands and have made q-snap covers to keep my extra fabric clean. If I stitch with JUST DMC they're washed after I'm finished.

Rachel said...

I never wash before and I never Iron before either, unless it's really wrinkly. I pretty much wash everything, depending on how dirty I have ended up getting it. (even though I am a stickler for keeping my hands clean and keeping little hands away from my stitching, sometimes it just gets dirty) I am pretty sure I will have to wash Chinese Garden, but that's ok since I am using DMC. After I wash the piece, then I iron it almost completely dry, then hang it up to finish air drying.

Ineke said...

I never wash anything, exept my hands over and over again when I am stitching. And only iron most of the folds out of the fabric before I start.

Mia said...

Hahaa Joysze - you really aren't the only one to not wash :P I only wash if I've made a mess out of my work.
I do iron - just about everything - well almost everything after stitching. Specially the big ones.

valerie said...

Ha! I don't wash either. I am usually very careful with drinks and rarely snack while stitching.

Yvon (jioya) said...

i don't wash it, but i do iron everything after i'm finished stitching.

Hugs Yvon.

Joy said...

I iron out by fabbie before stitchng and after. I have only washed my charity stitches because they are done with DMC. I haven't had the need to wash anything else, so I too am a non washer ;).

Lissanne said...

I will iron before, but I will not wash, ever, lol! Knowing my luck everything will run! I haven't ironed after yet, afraid with the beads on there something will get messed up! I keep them pretty nice on my rods.

Pauline said...

I never wash my work, i only have to do it when my work is dirty, but mostly i am such a quick stitcher that it is good enough to put it into a frame.
But i always ironing my work after it is finished.

Heli said...

And another non-washer reports... I just iron the fabric smooth before I start and the back of the project after all the stitching's done. Of course I'll wash it if it gets dirty, but so far that's never happened.

Karen said...

I will usually iron it before I stretch it the first time, so I make SURE I'm starting where I need to. I haven't washed a project for a long time - since so many of my things the last few years have been not all DMC, I just try my best to protect it in process, and hope for the best.

If I am using a particularly tough piece of aida or similar (because if it's the right color, I will use it), I will try to steam iron it into submission, often squirting it to dampen it, to see if I can get the sizing out. Did have the teflon completely removed from an iron once on a really crappy piece of aida :(

Julie said...

I dont normally iron first unless its quite wrinkley,but always afterwards.When using DMC threads i always wash after.

Cross Stitch Crazy Mum said...

Mine always seems to have a few washes :P During and after, which consists of a soak in warm water with napisan and a good rinse. And then at the end a nice iron :)

Anne said...

I have yet to wash my projects, but I probably should afterwards if I'm using DMC threads. I always iron before, between and after I finish a piece because I can't stand wrinkles!! With tangelwood, I wouldn't dare wash it because the threads bleed, so I'm a bit shy about washing anything else although I'm sure the DMC threads would be fine.

Mireille said...

I don't wash my works. I only had to wash one and that was a Hello Kitty for my daughter. Kitty was almost black so I had to wash her.
When it is finished I iron the works. But with beads I do not iron anything. I am afraid to destroy the beads.

Babs said...

I never do, not before not after, I simply finish it and bring it straight to the framer who drycleans the piece ;-)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I soak and iron the fabric before stitching then I store it rolled between stitching so it doesn't gain creases. I stitch "in hand" with my hands touching the reverse of the fabric.
I never wash anything after the initial soak apart from one piece that a friend spilt JD & coke over :-(

Jenny said...

Washing - huh!? Well, it has happened, but very seldom like maybe twice or so... If I wash, it is after the stitching is done.

I am equally lazy in the rest of the stitching process; linen in-hand, un-treated edges (even though I have been known to use thread check), and sewing method (unless over one stitching).
That's me - I'm a lazy stitcher! LOL