HNW - cleaning silk embroidery

Carmen J Beaudry mor-plentyn at
Wed Sep 30 08:57:02 PDT 1998

About the only things I dry-clean are heavily interfaced garments such as
suit jackets.  I have a couple of items that can be neither washed nor
drycleaned; they get spot-cleaned with something like fuller's earth, and
then hung up to air.  As far as embroidery is concerned, I make sure the
threads are colorfast before using them (dip them in cold water, blot on
white cloth, if any of the dye runs, don't use them), and gently
hand-wash the finished garment.  I learned to do this from my
great-grandmother, who came from a long line of embroiderers and dress
makers, and who though dry-cleaning was a waste of money.

mor-plentyn at

On Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:33:28 +0000 "Connie Carroll"
<Connie.Bunny at> writes:
>I've been reading on several needlework newsgroup that in order to 
>clean silk embroidery you have to dry clean it.
>This is a form I want t try on clothing but I can not tolerate dry 
>cleaning fumes. Surly this is another way. How on earth did they 
>clean clothing with silk threads in them during  the 1600s and on 
>Please help.
>Kassandra NickKraken
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