spot on needlework...help!

Mecianne

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I know better than to start projects so late in the day. Having said that...I was using some washable markers earlier. (I know, I know, I know....wash your hands and then wash them again.) There was a smudge left on my thumb which...well, you can imagine. The marker is washable, it is a small smudge, but I don't know what to do. Thought I'd ask, before I made a bigger mistake. Just water & a clean cloth, maybe?
 

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Put the affected part of the needlework on something very absorbent - a smoothed stack of Kleenax will work.

Using a watercolor brush, put a small amount of distilled water on the smudge and blot quickly with very absorbent material - again, like folded Kleenax. Keep repeating. Don't rub.

When no more comes off, you might add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the water, to increase wetting power.

Always check the "underpadding", and shift to dry spot as it wets, or change entirely if the marker has bled into it.

See where that takes you and if it needs more, e-mail or post.

Rebecca
 

BILL WARD

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there is a chemical used in photography that is a 'water wetting agent' anyone know if this might help/hinder this process????
 

Mecianne

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Thanks everyone. I used a clean cloth underneath & a very soft cloth (I get them at the dollar store, they are almost like cloth baby diapers) & water. Blotted. Let dry. Worked famously. Thank goodness the marker was washable.
Guess I was in somewhat of a panic as I had never gotten a needlework dirty before. Now I will wear plastic gloves. Lesson learned, with no dire consequences.
 
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