HNW - Cleaning Needlework

Carmen J Beaudry mor-plentyn at
Tue Sep 22 09:25:10 PDT 1998

You need to find out what your dry cleaner is using, and ask if there are
alternatives.  It will probably cost more.  Years ago, when I worked for
a costume shop/vintage clothing store, there was one dry cleaner in town
we worked with for our very fragile items.  They hand-cleaned, rather
than by batch, and they used extremely gentle cleaners, in at least one
case I know of using white clay to remove grease from 150 year old silk.

mor-plentyn at

On Tue, 22 Sep 1998 08:32:34 -0500 Jacquie Samples
<jacquie-samples at> writes:
>Hello Melinda,
>I hope your problem is solved by now!  Just in case it isn't though 
>I have read the other suggestions for your problem and would like to 
>that I've heard that Dry Cleaning is NOT good for needlework.  The 
>chemicals that some dry cleaners use will/can eventually break down 
>fibers of your work.  Sorry.  I do know some people who get their 
>dry-cleaned, but they are not interested in posterity, so they don't 
>what happens to their needlework in the years to come.  Which is fine, 
>with something as intricate and time consuming as blackwork on fine 
>you might want to avoid it!  I would!
>Hope some of this is useful,
>Jacquie Samples
>At 08:37 PM 9/21/98 EDT, Melinda wrote:
>>Hello, all!
>>I just finished a piece of blackwork on linen, done in black Soie 
>>thread.  I followed the advice of a teacher, Ms. Jane Zimmerman, and 
>a #2
>>lead pencil to trace my design onto the linen before stitching.  
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