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Care, keeping and installation

Care

Below are some tips on how to best take care of your embroidery.

Ironing 

In order to make your embroidery smooth and free from wrinkles, a tip is to iron the fabric. The best way to do this is by placing the embroidery face down on a towel on the ironing board. Then put a damp towel on the back of the fabric, and smooth out the wrinkles with a hot flat-iron.

If you despite the use of an iron have problems getting the fabric smooth; attach the embroidery, with the help of pins, face down on the ironing board. Make sure that the fabric lies flat and evenly tight in all directions. Then put a damp towel over, and let the towel remain until it has dried.

Washing instructions

It is not necessary to wash your embroidery once it's done, and as we can’ be sure how the yarn and fabric might change in color and size we don’t recommended it. However, if you want or you need to wash away stains, you can gently hand wash the embroidery in lukewarm water. Then dry it flat and iron in according to the recommendations above.

 

Installation

Here are a few different ways you can frame your embroidery.

Simple hemming

If you want to keep your framing easy and let the embroidery speak for itself, you can choose to make a simple hemming. To hem means that you fold a piece of the fabrics edge and sew it down. Thus, the hem is the inches of the fabric folded in. Hemming can be done both by hand and by sewing machine.

Start by folding approximately 1 cm on each side of the fabric.

To obtain a symmetrical appearance, it is important that the fabric is folded in line with the threads.

In order to hide the fabrics trimmed edge and protect it from fraying; fold the fabric once again. Then iron the fabric so that the folds are clearly visible.

Continue to now unfold the hem, and cut away excess fabric around the corners (see image). Take the trimmed corner and the outermost hemming and fold it in.

Continue to fold the rest of the fabrics hem so that the short side and the long side of the wall hanging meet to form a corner. When you are satisfied; pin or iron the fabric in order to fixate it.

If you do the hemming by sewing machine - the embroidery is sewn with a straight stitch.

If you do it by hand – begin with sewing the corners, from the tip and inward, and then the other sides. If you want a corner with no visible seam from the front - sew the corner by hand.

Bias tape

If you want to avoid hemming and get a lovely setting in color - the best solution is to use a bias tape. A bias tape is a fabric ribbon for decoration, which is folded into 3 parts.

You can use bias tape in several ways:

A simple and quick way is to fold the bias tape in half and put around the edge of the embroidery’s fabric.
Pin the bias tape around the entire fabric - straight and evenly around the edges of the fabric. If you now have fabric sticking out from the corners - fold it in to form a straight line from the band's outer edge to the inner edge. Once you have pinned the ribbon, sew a straight stitch on the machine or by hand.

If you want a wider border around your design - use the bias tapes entire width as your backdrop. Put the bias tape with the back side down, on the front of the fabric. Unfold the bias tapes folded part, which is closest to the fabrics edge, and put it around the fabric so that it ends up on the back. You handle the corners in the same way as described above. When you have pinned the ribbon around the entire the embroidery, sew a straight stitch along both outer edges so the whole band is attached.

If you only want it to appear 1 st straight stitch on the front:

Begin by pin, and then sew on one part of the bias tape on the back. Then fold the rest of the bias tape around the fabric. Pin, and then sew with a straight stitch on the front side of fabric. You handle the corners in the same way as described in above.

You will find bias tape in black and grey here.

Traditional folk ribbon

Traditional Folk Ribbon is perfect if you want your embroider piece decorated down to the smallest detail. And it is easily done! Pin the ribbons back side along to the fabrics front side. Then sew the ribbon with a straight stitch in both its outer edges.

You will find traditional folk ribbon in black and white here.

Frame

Do you want to give your embroidery design a modern and stylish impression, in a quick way?
Then I suggest you frame it. In this way your embroidery will be protected from external influences and retain its fine quality.

You can find frames in black and white in different sizes here.

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