by Linda in Winnipeg
Sticky hoops are a real pain during embroidery.
In my past I was a florist for many years. At Christmas time we would get extremely sticky handling the pine from the floral arrangements.
The very first shop I worked for used a pound of lard at every workstation to clean your hands throughout the day. It worked well and was far less harsh on your hands than the chemical cleaners.
When I started embroidering I used a variety of items to clean my hoops and remembered the lard trick from my florist days. Lo and behold, the lard worked wonders to clean the adhesive from my hoops. A little bit of lard on a piece of toweling to rub on the hoop and then washing the hoop in warm soapy water worked like a charm!
With an environmental science student at home she was thrilled with me not having to use chemicals to clean my hoops as well.
It’s green, inexpensive and convenient and doesn’t leave your hands feeling dried out.