HNW - Setting Silk Dyes
EowynA at aol.com
Thu Jul 8 23:20:15 PDT 1999
In a message dated 7/8/99 10:11:37 PM, you wrote:
<< My advice is to test your silk before you use it. Not all silks
have colour fastness problems, even black, which can be a hard dye to fix.>>
Yes, I certainly intend to test it before using it, even with a dye-setting
process in there. I am merely expecting it to run like crazy without the dye
setting process, and possibly not so badly if I set the dyes first.
I recently did a piece in red Soie d'Alger over a design put on the cloth
with a water-soluble marker. I dipped it in water to remove the marker
(which it did well) and intended to iron it dry immediately. I was
interrupted (ah, the joys of children!), and so it was several hours before I
could return. The red had migrated slightly into the linen. So I ironed it
dry. It didn't look too bad. But the rest of the pieces (done in black)
were crisp in their lines. This was not, due to the dye. So I soaked the
piece for a week in a Biz and soap mixture. At one point, the piece
practically glowed. I changed the water daily. After awhile, the glow went
away, and it looked good and clean-- shining white. At least, the lines of
stitching were once more crisp. But the color of the fabric, when placed
next to the other pieces, was decidedly pink -- like the color difference in
a pink flourescent bulb vs. a white all-spectrum. It was a small piece, only
a couple evening's work, so no great loss. But enough of a lesson to make me
wish to pre-wash and pre-set any dyes before embarking on a bigger project.
I have also heard that Needlepoint Silk is a color-fast brand. (I doubt it --
I doubt if any is), but I will be testing that out this weekend, too. Can
anyone else confirm or deny this rumor? Otherwise, I'll post the results of
<< [the test is to] Put it in the washing-machine on a normal cycle,
using normal soap-powder. I
don't wash anything on hot so I don't use hot, but if there's a chance that
you'll wash in hot water, even accidentally later, use hot.>>
I had not even considered the washing machine test, but since I wash all the
fabric I use in costumes in hot, hot water and dry it hot before I use it
(get all the shrinkage out that i can before I cut it), this makes a lot of
sense. I'll try it. But I want to try setting the dye, also (I'm a firm
believer in the empirical method).
Thanks for the washing machine suggestion!
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