I always wash my work to embed the stitches. It's part of my proces.
I washed it in hot water in full cycle - and it came clean but things fell apart. Also some bleeding from the 9 dots in the center. So, I washed it again. Warm water full cycle - and it came cleaner yet but the velvet frayed out of the reverse applique holes.
That green silk velvet is a gift from Connie. It was the skirt of a Christmas bridesmaid dress she had made for her daughter. Connie is very frail these days. I am mending it today by replacing that old velvet.
Can't help but think that this is another metaphor.