Works in Progess: Chessboard

Blackwork Chessboard Emergency!

I only have seven more squares to go!  Then the pieces must be stitched around the border.  I had  an emergency this weekend when I was showing off my progress to Jeff.  I didn’t realize he was bleeding.  When he handed it back I found three spots of blood on the piece.  Here’s what I did to get it out immediately:

1.  HAD JEFF SPIT ON THE SPOTS:  Did you know that there is an enzyme in your saliva that when mixed with your own blood stops the blood from setting?  It’s true!  But the saliva and blood need to belong to the same person.

2.  RUBBED THE SPOTS WITH AN ICE CUBE:   Cold will help remove protein and keep it from settingeals the protein. Try running hot water on one plate with egg on it and cold on another plate with egg.  The heat congeals the protein.

3.  RUBBED TIDE TO GO STAIN STICK ON THE SPOTS:  While the first two steps made a big difference and I had only a bit of pink on the fabric, I was not ready to submit the whole piece to a handwash.  This stain remover took everything out!  Maybe I didn’t even need to do the first two steps.