dusty embroidery picture

by Mary
(Louisiana)

I have a framed (but not under glass) embroidery picture that my mother made 30 years ago.

It has been hanging in an attic for years and is dusty and dirty, but doesn't have stains. I'm not sure how to clean it without damaging it. Is it safe to wash by hand with mild soap?

Thanks for your help!

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My Grandma's needlework
by: Anonymous

I have some old ie. 80 years old, needleworks that my Grandma did. They have never been framed, although carefully covered. They are, however, a bit dirty and dusty.

I want to get them framed and was wondering if it would be worth having them cleaned or whether they are too delicate. If anybody could help me with these very precious embroideries I would be very grateful.

Many thanks.

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Dusty picture
by: Mary

Thank you both so much for the help!

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dusty design
by: Marilyn

Hi, Years ago I read to keep a piece of screen around. The "plastic" kind, not wire. Hold it over your needlework, then vacuume. It really gets the dust out without destroying your piece.
Good luck!

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dusty embroidery picture
by: Anonymous

Hi Mary. I would not wash it first. If it has any beads or other items attached, check them to be sure they are still secure. Then I would use one of those mini vacuums intended for cleaning computer components on it. They are fairly inexpensive. I have one I use to clean banners I have hanging up. This will remove any loose dust and particals without wetting them and possibly helping them stick or stain the piece. If it still needs to be cleaned, I would use a commercial needlework cleaning compound like Restoration. But be sure to test for color-fastness. You can dab a spot on the back with a wet Q-Tip and see if any comes off.
~Valerie Kalyani

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