HNW - Cleaning Needlework

Lyn Greaves rosamund at
Mon Sep 21 19:49:49 PDT 1998

I use peroxide to remove blood and organic stains.  It may or may not work
on pencil.  I use a water soluable ink to mark my lines, all that I need to
do is get the piece damp to erase the blue marks (markers available in
white, blue, and for fast workers in purple from Dritz)

Lyn Greaves
Lady Rosamund d'Alwareton
     OM, OTerp, OSalamander
Thorny Rose
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From: Carolyn Kayta Barrows <kayta at>
To: H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG <H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG>
Date: Monday, September 21, 1998 10:29 PM
Subject: Re: HNW - Cleaning Needlework

>Hello after all this time to you, Eowyn.  You knew me in Caid in the 70's.
>Same Kayta.
>Have you considered taking it to a dry cleaner?  Ask at the best needlework
>shop you know for a reccomendation of a safe one to take it to.  (Same
>thing for dry cleaning costumes/garb - ask the local theatre department for
>a safe dry cleaner.)
>EowynA at writes, in a message sent 08:37 PM 9/21/98 EDT:
>>Hello, all!
>>I just finished a piece of blackwork on linen, done in black Soie d'Alger
>>thread.  I followed the advice of a teacher, Ms. Jane Zimmerman, and used
>a #2
>>lead pencil to trace my design onto the linen before stitching.
>>Unfortunately, some places were not "true" -- that is, the line that was
>>supposed to be straight up and down did not follow the grain of the fabric
>>when I traced it.  So I corrected it on the cloth, with the thread.  But
>>means I am left with a few pencil lines still visible (though much less
>>it was) where I originally put the marks.
>>So far, I have cleaned it by soaking for a couple hours in a solution of
>>flakes and Biz in water, which may have helped some but did not fully
>>the problem.  I have also tried a "fabric eraser", which mostly just
>>the fiber of the cloth into a fine fuzzy cloud.  I fear if I rub too long
>>hard, the linen will develop a thin spot with a line of pencil through it.
>>I'm going to try the soap flakes and Biz mixture again, but I don't want
>>soak it too long, or I fear the black pigment in the thread will start
>>Does anyone else have any suggestions?  Otherwise, I get to do the piece
>>again, and I'd prefer not doing that if there is another way.
>>Thanks in advance for advice,
>>Melinda Sherbring, Los Angeles,   a.k.a.
>>Eowyn Amberdrake, Caid
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