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How to clean embroidery on linen?

14 years ago

When dtr was a little girl, my mom embroidered a beautiful picture for her - wool yarn on linen, I think. She had it professionally framed without glass; it hung for 35 years in dtr's bedroom. Now dtr has a five-year-old dtr of her own and would like her to have the picture for her room; she still loves the picture, and I have "ideas" for her old bedroom.

I have no idea how to clean it. It is soiled but not heavily; the frame is still perfect and appropriate. The back of the frame is completely sealed and the work seems to be stretched on a solid surface so there is no give to the linen. I can't just remove the work and have it cleaned unless I have it completely reframed. Any ideas what I could do? Thanks.


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