Monday, November 10, 2014

Fabric Recovery - Brown

Since cold water worked well for removing the wayward color from my finished quarter cabin blocks, I have begun a similar soaking process for the rest of the fabric.  I started with the brown since it was the obvious offender.

When I put the fabric into its bath, it hung on top of the water for a few seconds, then started to fall piece by piece.  It looks a little bit like a sting ray here!

There was a lot of color to remove.  I changed the soaking water six times before it stayed clear enough that I was satisfied.

I laid the pieces out on a towel to dry, trying to keep them as square as possible.  After soaking, the squares ended up approximately a quarter of an inch smaller in one direction so I'll have to trim them before they are ready for the sewing process.

Linking up to MOP Monday.


  1. Cool! Thanks for sharing! I never do that before sewing... I just put the quilt in the washer after is done, with some color catchers and then I pray that no fabric will leak around too much color ;)
    But this is a much safer approach! :)
    Thanks for linking up at MOP Monday!!

  2. Hi Rachel, I've popped over from Let's Bee Social and I'm so glad I did! I read your 'welcome' at the top of the page and thought for a minute I'd written it myself - I also love to run, hike, bike, quilt (by hand as well!) and am a total colour junkie! I wonder if we might have been separated at birth, haha!!! Great projects you have going and I really look forward to exploring your posts some more :) Stephie -

  3. That's a lot of loose dye! At least it's all out now and not hanging around waiting to leave nasty marks on other fabrics :-)

  4. When I have bleeding fabrics I use two products called Synthrapol and Retayne. I first wash it in Synthrapol to release all the excess dyes. Next, I was it in Retayne which seals it so it will not bleed again. I found these products when I began hand dying fabric and have found them to be completely reliable. I buy them through Dharma online.