Thank you for your purchase of an Avlea embroidery! These simple care instructions will insure that your piece will provide many years of service and beauty.
Since these pieces are made entirely by hand, they are more delicate, often featuring drawn thread or fillet work. Use them for special occasions or daily use, but keep them away from rough edges of furniture or other décor items that can snag on the delicate threads. To launder, fill a sink or clean bucket with lukewarm water and 1 teaspoon Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. Immerse embroidery and gentle agitate for 3-5 minutes. Run clean rinse water in the sink or bucket and rinse 3 times to remove all soap residue. Lay out a thick towel and place wet embroidery in towel and roll up and press to remove as much water as possible. You may now iron with a medium iron (the dampness left in the embroidery will help steam the piece) and a press cloth (a lightweight cloth placed on top of the embroidery while you press to prevent damage). If you need to wait to iron, roll up embroidery in a fresh towel and put in freezer until you are ready to iron (this will maintain the right level of dampness for the pressing). If your piece becomes stained, you can treat with Z’out enzymatic cleaner or leave out in the sun to naturally bleach.
You may hand wash using the above instructions, or you can machine wash on the delicate cycle with cold or cool water (never warm or hot). Do not put in dryer; instead, follow instructions above for damp pressing.
When not in use, embroideries are best stored out of sunlight. Rather than fold them and get permanent crease lines, you can lay acid-free tissue paper on the embroidery and roll it up on a cardboard tube (this is recommended for special hand embroideries). For daily use embroideries, simply folding them with as few of folds as possible and storing them in a drawer or over a hanger in a closet is ideal. For long-term prika (bridal chest) storage, use acid-free tissue and acid-free boxes and do not store in cedar chests (wood emits acetic acid over time which can damage textiles).