Preparing Needlework for Framing
It is a good idea to wash the completed project when you are finished to freshen the colors, remove any dirt and skin oils from the fabric.
If you have used DMC cottons, Anchor or Madeira these are colorfast up to 95 degrees Celsius. However, if you have used cheaper cottons these can run.
To test before you wash, slightly dampen a paper towel and place onto your stitched work. If colors come off, it is not colorfast and would be best not to wash your needlework prior to having it framed.
To wash your finished work wash in lukewarm water with a little mild soap. Don't leave it to soak but swish it through the water then rinse it well in warm, then cool water.
Remove the excess water by placing the cross stitch or other needlework onto a soft, clean towel and then let it dry naturally.
When ironing, place the work face down onto a clean fluffy towel on your ironing board to avoid flattening the stitches. Iron from the back on a medium setting. You can also place a tea towel or handkerchief over the back of the stitching to iron if you are worried about marking the fabric.
Transport rolled up (not too tight).... best if rolled on a tube. ACR