Someone asked a question about washing hand-dyed / opalescent fabrics at 123Stitch.com last night... and I answered that I don't wash my finished pieces because I keep my projects clean.
Now, I've been called "pedantic" (which is really NOT the right word but that's neither here nor there...)
Do you stitch in an area or in such a manner that your project gets soiled or dirty? Is it not best to keep your hands and your workstation clean?
Is there something wrong with pride in workmanship?