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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Help!

I was busy stitching on Margaret Randolph (on a hoop) when I realised there was blood on the linen. I didn't feel any needle going in to my skin. As you can imagine I am horrified. I have put salt on the affected part and rubbed this in which has got rid of most of it. There seems to be a little bit left - I was doing the bottom border. Any hints or tips appreciated. At least I am not stitching with AVAS which I understand might run.

10 comments:

Koala said...

Normally, blood would com out with a cold water (not hot). I hope it'll help.

Nicola said...

Your own saliva should break down the enzymes in the blood. If I understand correctly you need to moisten a piece of cotton or lint with your salvia and rub the blood stain gently.

Nicola said...

PS it has to be the salvia of the person the blood came from.

Heritage Hall said...

Right on, Nicola...best solution to this dilemma....spoken from
experience...

Pat said...

Hydrogen Peroxide takes blood out.

Paula said...

Use a Q-tip and #1 rule - LESS IS MORE as linen is quite fiberous and liquid will run through the warp and weft; you can always go back and do more, but if you soak it too much and it runs up the fibres and then the threads bleed, that is no good - also have a blotting cloth and/or tissue (kleenex) - let us know how this works......

Elizabeth said...

Thank you everyone. The area was the size of a five pence piece so quite big. I didn't realise that less is more Paula but I seem to have got away with it. If I look really closely I think I can see a faint mark. I'll post a photo later for you to have a look at.

Bethany said...

I agree with Pat, Hydrogen Peroxide. I have had many issues with blood, working in a dental clinic and I have been able to remove blood from things I never thought and it doesn't hurt fabric. Good luck.

Elizabeth said...

Does hydrogen peroxide need to be used straight away or can you leave something overnight until you buy some? I will now ensure I get some!

KB said...

Elizabeth.. you can use the peroxide the next day... I had a skirt that had a blood stain and did not get to it till some time later and the blood came right out when using the peroxide....Best thing ever for removing blood stains! and being a nurse I have used the trick many times!