hoop stains on embroidery
I have a dirty mark around the area where I held the hoop while working my embroidery. How do I clean it without affecting the the fabric and embroidery?
Ah that is a question I am asked a lot, so thanks for bringing it up here.
What I like to do is use some gentle dishwashing liquid in warm water and just leave the embroidery to soak for a while. Every now and then I move it about gently in the water.
Then I rinse and rinse again in clear water and let the project dry naturally to see if the stain is still visible. DO NOT iron it dry at this stage or you may set the stain.
If it isn't quite clean I repeat the above.
Recently I have started using a spare piece of sheeting between the embroidery fabric and the hoop. I sandwich the fabrics together in the hoop and then carefully cut a hole in the sheeting to allow me to work on the embroidery underneath. Then if anything gets grubby it is the sheeting which gets thrown away after I'm finished.
You could also try wrapping your hoop with a finger bandage to try to avoid the problem of marks showing on the fabric.