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Bleeding Batiks - looks like egg coloring   General Discussion

Started Apr-8 by Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3); 919 views.

I've posted about the hot water/dawn treatment for bleeding fabrics (it has saved 3 quilts for me so far).  I recently was given a batiks kit that includes several dark fabrics and decided to give them the soak and see what happened.  Oh my, so glad I did.  The tub is the dark blue back ground batik (3 or 4 yards) & some blue hombres.  then I separated the others in a small wash tubs sitting on top.  The blue actually was almost clear on the 2nd rinse (the picture below is the 2nd soak - look in the upper right hadn of the picture, you can see the tub color & the water were almost the same), but that silly green took 4 soaks and was still tinged green - at that point I gave up.  You are supposed to keep the fabrics submerged for 12 hours, but I periodically went and stirred the water but still some sections were floating.  doesn't it look like I was making giant Easter eggs.

 

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Apr-8

Wow, what a dramatic photo!  It would be enough to make a quilter swear off batiks forever.

I have also saved quilts with the hot water dawn treatment. Your fabrics sure had lots of extra dye in them. 

I always used Synthrapol. It pulls out excess dies and makes sure it doesn't redistribute :) 

 

I wish I had taken a photo of the blue after the 1st soak, the water and fabric were the same color, midnight blue.  I was surprised though that it only took 2 for the blue, it was so dark I was expecting it was going to take several.  There isn't any white in this quilt but I decided I wanted to keep the light colors clear and not faded to blue.  Glad I did.

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

Apr-9

I still have a piece of red i need to do the dawn treatment! Yikes on the dark, that could have caused problems!!

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Apr-9

That's really scary, Dee!  Were these a major brand like Hoffman or Kauffman?  At their prices, we should expect much better quality.  If you had used all these colors in a quilt without pre-washing, I think they'd all bleed down to a brown, and there would be one unfortunate quilter!

Sue in IL

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Apr-9

I'm willing to bet that those fabrics were created by some eco-friendly outfit that only uses earth-friendly methods and doesn't taint the environment with harsh chemicals.

Pardon my sarcastic attitude but I remember the days when cotton clothing did not fade with one laundering .... 

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)

Apr-9

I have to remember that.  Memories of your picture should do it.  I haven't pre-soaked any of the batiks I have used. I do wash them with color catchers and luckily have had no issues.

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Apr-9

Judy, black jeans are the worst! I took several pairs of varying ages and grayness and re-dyed them all in one washer load.  They turned out really well, but I'll have to do them all again this fall.

Sue in IL

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