Learn how to care for your hand-embroidered clothing and art, with Kseniia Guseva
Hand embroidery is a meticulous and time-consuming task. It's important not to let your efforts go to waste by failing to care for it properly.
Kseniia Guseva, also known as @faimyxstitch, is a hand embroidery artist from Saint Petersburg, Russia. According to Kseniia, “embroidery makes everything better.” She is particularly passionate about architecture–and has created over 100 city patterns; upcycling; and customizing different items, such as jeans, bags, T-shirts, and even trainers. In this tutorial, she shares a number of simple and essential tips on how to make sure your pieces last.
1. Hand washing embroidery
“The best way to wash embroidery is to put it in soapy water for 20 minutes. You do it by hand, and if you have dirty patches on your garment, you can gently rub them, although it’s best not to rub directly against the embroidery. Rinse with clean water. Then, leave it to dry,” says Kseniia.