Cross stitched afghan-advice needed

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Cross stitched afghan-advice needed

by stitchnsew » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:16 pm

So I just finished cross stitching this for my first grandchild-to-be. I plan on backing this with a piece of 100% cotton flannel, sewing it over the edges of this afghan and also sewing along all the borders to stabilize it. The afghan is a Charles Craft 100% cotton cloth, with regular DMC floss. I want this to be able to be used, not just stored away, and if it get dirty, to go ahead and wash it. The directions that came with the afghan said to hand wash in lukewarm water, rinse in cold, and dry flat, which actually I did before starting to stitch on it, to remove any sizing, new smell, and control any shrinkage. I also plan on doing that with the piece of flannel fabric before I sew them together, except I was just going to dry it in the dryer. My question is, once it's being used, shouldn't it just be able to be washed and dried in a regular washer and drier, on low or delicate settings? Will it really mess it up if it's washed in a machine or not laid flat to dry? That seems like too much work , and it's so bulky and would take forever to dry. I should think/hope it could stand up to some regular use. Anyone have any experience with this?
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Re: Cross stitched afghan-advice needed

by Squirrel » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:07 am

I have not done a stitched afghan but I have made quilts for my grand kids and I always use 100% cotton fabric and 100% cotton thread too. Often sewing machine cotton is or has acrylic in it so make sure it is cotton thread.

As for washing ordinary quilts they are done the same way as the ordinary wash and the same settings and have been ok.

I know several people on here have or are doing stitched afghans and I am sure. they will answer in due course.
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Re: Cross stitched afghan-advice needed

by DisneyStitcher » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:43 am

The afghan looks GREAT! :whoop: You can absolutely machine wash and dry it when it's finished. I would run a zig zag on the outer edge of the afghan to keep it from fraying. Run both the backing you are going to use and the afghan through a gentle cycle wash and dry to make sure both are pre-shrunk. Iron both pieces separately so they will lay flat and pin liberally when you are putting on the backing so they don't shift/slide. Depending on how big that is, once you have the backing attached I would also consider either doing a running stitch along the natural grid lines of the afghan or doing a decorative little stitch or something in the center of each blank panel to keep the front and back from separating/shifing/stretching out differently with use. Would love to see the finished product!
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Re: Cross stitched afghan-advice needed

by Podolyanka » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:45 am

It is either much work(well, not really) or making it good for nothing very soon with machine washing(especially machine drying).

I have made 4 or 5 cross stitched afghans and I always wash them in slightly warm (30 degrees) water with delicate detergent by hands. Then dry it spread on a towel (changing towels if necessary). You may dry it on a washing line as well but not in the too bright sunshine.

If it is really large and heavy, you may wash it in the machine(delicate settings), but I would not recommend drying it there. Hopefully this helps.
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Re: Cross stitched afghan-advice needed

by rcperryls » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:57 pm

What a beautiful afghan. :applesauce: :applesauce: I have made probably a dozen afghans using Charles Craft alphabet afghan, though I've never done the alphabet afghan. They have all been well used. And some have been washed countless times in the washing machine and the dryer with not one suffering any damage. I use cold water and the gentle cycle with regular detergent (I use All hypoallergenic though I don't it matters) for washing and then dry the afghan(s) on the "low" cycle and they come out looking great. I don't put any backing on them or done anything other than use DMC thread. I have also used Queen Anne and Lady Elizabeth afghan fabrics and treated the same way with the same great results.

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Re: Cross stitched afghan-advice needed

by Serinde » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:50 pm

Generally, you should always wash any article according the the most delicate material of which is it made. You can’t go wrong that way, and it would be such a shame to ruin such a wonderful afghan, wouldn’t it? Backing with pre-washed, and so pre-shrunk material which has been attached in the ways described sounds perfect. Then I would certainly gentle wash it when required. After all, the baby isn’t going to be depending on this as the only blanket available — so there will be time for washing and drying!
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