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Thursday, September 22, 2011
An Ice-water bath
That's what my samurai has been having since my last post! And the good news is this......
barely a mark left! The reds came out and only the gold/ochre colour is left and even that is much less than before (it doesn't look too bad in the photo, but sadly in real life it's a bit more noticeable). Phew! The ice water certainly took a lot of the colour away.
I'm not sure how I will feel about washing my finished stitching from now on though.
I do have to say that Dimensions does state on their instruction sheet that,
"Because thread manufacturers have changed their dyes to make them safer for the environment, some colours may now bleed"
They also state that
"Cold water washes made for fine washables and wool garments may actually cause the thread to bleed"
I would have thought that a laundry detergent made specifically for delicates would have been more suitable for cross stitching ( I used a dishwashing liquid, which is what Dimensions recommends on their instructions sheet.) I thought this might be worth highlighting so that you don't have the same heart stopping moment like me.
Many cross stitching websites actually recommend that you wash your threads before stitching with them....reds in particular!
So anyway, all's well that ends well. I think I may give my samurai one last bath and see if the last of the gold/ochre colour will finally vanish - fingers crossed!
Thanks for all the lovely comments and suggestions about how to get the colours out. It was nice to know that others felt my pain! But I have to ask you this - how many of you will think twice before washing their next project? I know I will!!!