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