Heartsick on Valentine's Day. That's me.
Here's a lesson for all of us: this piece was stitched with Anchor cotton floss, proclaimed right on the labels as colorfast. This is also the first piece I have ever washed upon completion. I don't think I'll be doing this again.
But what to do now that the damage has been done? Help! I emailed a good friend, I called my local stitchery shop, I Googled, I queried the Sampler World Facebook group. Conservative measures seemed to be the consensus and the wisest way to go. (And let me warn you that there are places on the web that advise soaking a Q-tip in straight bleach and SCRUBBING a piece of stitchery like this. I don't think so!!)
Margret Lawrance has been soaking in cold water all day. The stitchery shop suggested Color Catchers. I tried that.
Maybe I'm hoping against hope, but I'm thinking it's looking a bit better tonight. I'm told patience is the thing; it might take as much as a couple weeks to rinse out the bleeding color. But I'm told others have been successful. So I'm hopeful.
This is not how I planned to close out my stitchery year. I'm heading to a day-long stitch-in at Lynn's in Madison, WI tomorrow. I figured I'd drop Margret Lawrance off for framing while I was there. But tonight Margret seems to be a long way from framed and hanging anywhere.
Wish me luck....