Sometimes, it’s not necessary to iron an embroidery project, but sometimes, you just can’t avoid it! When working white-on-white with linen, using a hoop, it’s likely you’re going to have to wash your work, which means you’re probably going to have to iron it, too! And, if it’s something that needs to be sewn up for finishing, chances are, you’re going to have to iron it several times.
That’s certainly all the case with the linen pouch I’m making. Not only did I have to wash it (quite a bit!) after finishing the embroidery, but I had to iron it several times during the sewing and turning process.
So the question is, how do you iron a piece of needlework that has embroidery on it, especially when the stitches are somewhat dimensional. Remember, I used the Palestrina stitch on this pouch? The beauty of the stitch is in its raised knots – to crush those with ironing would be a shame.
First thing I do is lay out two flannel pads, both made of 4 pieces of soft flannel, which I cover with either a clean sheet or pillow case, or (saved Just for Ironing), a flour sack towel. Good flour sack towels are perfect for this – in fact, if you have a small embroidery piece, you could just fold up a clean flour sack into about four or so folds and use it.
I place the flannel pads on my ironing board and cover them with the flour sack towel.
And then I put my needlework piece face down on the flour sack towel. Iron on the wrong side – the back of the needlework.
I iron using the setting for the fabric, but taking into consideration the thread used for embroidery. For example, here I used cotton thread, so all’s well – cotton and linen work well together. But a fine silk probably wouldn’t take the heat as well – had I worked this in silk, I would have been a little more cautious.
Iron over the back of the work – including over your embroidery – until you’ve removed the wrinkles. I usually don’t use steam at this point, unless the linen is really wrinkled!
That’s the impression mirrored in the background. The embroidery withstood the ironing really well – nary a knot crushed.
That’s the embroidery for the pouch, all ironed up and ready to sew. Next, I’m going to show you how I made the cord and tassle, and talk a bit about buttons. Yes, buttons.
Hope you’re weekend was a pleasant one! For me, I’ve got a couple little touches left on the pouch today, then I need to clean up the studio – which is a Royal Mess – and then I plan to revisit an unfinished project that has some COLOR in it, or at least get it out and ready for stitching when I can snatch time after work hours this week. Ahhh… COLOR – I can’t wait!
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