How to Finish a Cross-Stitch Project

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Your completed cross-stitch project may need some care or cleaning before it's displayed, used or given as a gift.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray Bottles
  • Clean White Towels
  • Ironing Boards
  • Irons
  • Lukewarm Water
  • Mild Liquid Dish Soap
  • Remove the completed cross-stitch piece from the hoop or frame and check for any dirt or smudges.

  • Launder the item if your soiled cross-stitch piece has been worked directly onto an item that will eventually be laundered.

  • Hand-wash any other soiled cross-stitch piece gently in lukewarm water and mild liquid dish soap. Rinse in lukewarm water.

  • Roll the wet cross-stitch piece in a clean white towel in such a way that no part of the piece comes into direct contact with any other part. Squeeze to remove excess water.

  • Lay flat to dry until slightly damp.

  • Place the damp piece facedown on a clean white towel.

  • Press gently at the medium-high to high setting with a dry iron until the piece is dry.

  • Dry-clean the cross-stitch project if the materials used are labeled "dry-clean only."

  • Frame or mount the work as desired or by following kit instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • To remove creases left by an embroidery hoop, lightly spray the back of the piece with water. Place the piece on a clean white towel, and press with a dry iron at the medium-high to high setting.
  • Avoid moving the iron back and forth too much or pressing too hard when ironing the damp piece - you may flatten stitches.
  • Soak the cross-stitch piece in lukewarm water if any of the colors bleed. Change the water every hour until it remains clear.
  • Consult a professional craft or frame shop for framing instructions.

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