Preparing Linen For Embroidery

If you intend to embellish one of your linen creations for your home with hand or machine embroidery, you should consider shrinking the fabric before you begin embroidering it. This is because any household items that you make out of linen will eventually need washing, and once you start washing the items that you have embroidered, the linen will begin to shrink. This has the potential to damage your embroidery design. Here are some tips you can use to prepare your linen fabric for embroidering.

Use Hot, Cold And Boiling Water To Shrink The Fabric

The act of heating and cooling linen will shrink it. Follow these steps to shrink the fabric.

  1. Put the linen in a very large bowl and run hot water over the fabric.
  2. Allow the linen to soak in the water for at least ten minutes.
  3. When the linen has cooled off, let it soak in some cold, icy water.
  4. Put on a pot of boiling water.
  5. When the water starts to boil, take the piece of linen out of the cold water and put it in the boiling water.
  6. Use a wooden spoon to stir the linen gently.
  7. Let the linen boil for at least ten minutes.
  8. Remove the linen from the boiling water and then put it in cold, icy water once again.
  9. Allow the cold water to penetrate the linen.
  10. Heat a pot of water again and then place the linen fabric inside it once more.
  11. Let the linen soak in the hot water until it cools.

Remove Excess Water From The Linen

The next step is to remove excess water from the linen. Here are the instructions:

  1. Lay out a large bath towel.
  2. Lay the linen out on the bath towel. 
  3. Roll the bath towel together and then gently begin pressing on it to remove any excess water in the linen.

Iron The Linen

In order to remove the creases from the linen, you will need to iron it. While the linen is still damp, lay the linen out on an ironing board and begin ironing it under low heat. Do not use the iron to dry the fabric, as once the wrinkles have been removed, you should allow the linen to dry naturally. Once the linen is dry, you can begin embroidering it.

Shrinking linen before you begin to embroider it is one of the best ways to preserve the life of your design whether you embroider by hand or use an embroidery machine.