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lady_whitehaven
03:34 am - Pics and help needed
I recently got a gorgeous wine-colored fabric, but it bleeds badly. I'm pre-washing it for the second time in my sink, and the water (and my hands) are the color of pink lemonade. I'm sure this has been asked before, but does anyone have any tips for getting the dye to set?

And the pics:
One block of my most recent project. I'm never making another one this small.





The fabric that keeps bleeding is the wine-colored one on top:




I got a camera for my birthday, so I had to make a bag for it:




Thanks.
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From:janestarz
Date:October 24th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
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With new clothes, my mom advised me to use vinegar in a first washing. Just to make sure the dye sets. I haven't tried this with quilting cottons yet, though!
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From:voxwoman
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)
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A woman in my quilt guild also uses vinegar and she says nothing runs for her, either. I haven't tried it yet, but I will be...
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From:ellid
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
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Reds are notorious for bleeding. Wash it a couple of times on very cold water in the machine, and add a cup of vinegar. I've also heard that certain people have added some salt to the rinse with good results.
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From:jelazakazone
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
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I've heard of the vinegar thing too. I think I'd try washing with something like Synthrapol and see if that helps. Or something like that. I don't know anything about dying fabric, but it seems like you should do whatever it is people do after they dye fabric, if that makes sense.

Oh my god. That dragon is awesome. I want the pattern:)! Where did you find it? I assume you're making a Harry Potter quilt with all those colors?
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From:lady_whitehaven
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
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I got the pattern at http://www.sewhooked.org/paper_piecing/hp_paper.html, but it's since been removed.

I'm actually making a three block wall hanging of magical creatures--the other two are a fairy and a phoenix. The bleeding fabric will be the background for the fairy.
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From:voxwoman
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, and love your icon. :-D
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From:moonwolf23
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
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That fabric is gorgeous.

I love the bag.

Have you thought of making that dragon pattern bigger and using it as a centerpiece of a quilt.

Can I ditto the other person on where oh where oh where oh where did you get the pattern?(Being redundant due to drooling.
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From:lady_whitehaven
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
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Thanks. The pictures don't really do the fabrics justice.

I've enlarged the pattern and am considering pillows or something, but that's at the bottom of my list of projects.
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From:ofenjen
Date:October 24th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Hey, that's my dragon pattern! You must have had it quite some time because I took it off of my website ages ago for editing...which due to be distracted by other projects hasn't happened yet. Having made that one myself, I'm sure it was frustrating, but you did a great job.

I've also heard vinegar for setting the color in fabric.
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From:lady_whitehaven
Date:October 24th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I think I grabbed it about a year ago. I love your patterns and am playing with several others. It's great fun.
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From:just_karyn
Date:October 24th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
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There is a product called Retain (I have bought it at the quilt shop in years past but don't know if they still sell it) that you can add to wash colors that bleed. I also use a color catcher sheet to keep it from bleeding on other items and only wash similar colors together.
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From:oo_teenie_oo
Date:October 24th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I've used 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup salt in the wash. Never had any problems with any batiks using that method. Good luck.

Love the bag!
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From:elettaria
Date:October 24th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
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What an adorable dragon!

Did you wash the fabric in hot water by any chance? If you wash a fabric in hot, it'll just keep bleeding and the fabric will keep fading. Washing it in cold is what sets the dye.
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From:lady_whitehaven
Date:October 24th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I used water just warm enough that my hands didn't get frostbite. It's driving me crazy.
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From:mkissa
Date:October 24th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)

Love the fabric

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I am actually usuing that purple and gold fabric in a HP quilt with pieces by ofenjen . I got it in a swap and I loves it. Good luck with that other fabric. It's beautiful.
From:mmegaera
Date:October 26th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
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Vinegar does not set color, contrary to anecdote.

What you want is a product called Retayne. Most of the large dye houses (dharmatrading, prochem -- add .com to those) carry it, as do many quilt shops. It actually puts a coating (that you can't feel) on the fabric to keep the dye from running.

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