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« on: July 12, 2007 08:25:00 PM »

 I was curious what people do once they've spun bamboo...
 I bought some bamboo roving...and I plan on spinning it and plying it...but I'm curious as to...how do I set the twist? I was told not to use warm or hot water because it will reactivate the dye....so do I use cold water? Something else? lol I just don't want to ruin the bamboo.
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2007 09:06:23 PM »

That's interesting.  What was it dyed with?  It just makes me wonder, how are you supposed to clean the final result?  I mean, say you knit a sweater with it, are you supposed to dry clean it so you don't lose the dye?
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007 05:17:59 AM »

Yeah, what kind of dye did you use that hot water will reactivate it? That shouldnt happen unless you used acrylic paint
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007 09:11:29 AM »

Can I ask where you puchased the roving from so that we can see other examples?
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007 09:20:06 AM »

I just let it sit in hot water. It'll look somewhat 'rumpled' after it dries, but it smooths out again with handling (sort of like soysilk, but not as bad). I use fiber reactive dyes, and I usually don't have any dye at all come out.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007 09:23:17 AM »


 I asked the dyer about it and she told me not to put it in hot or warm water...but use cold. But I was just curious as to how other people set bamboo.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007 09:34:18 AM »

I've never had dye that came out with warm water. I mean dye's can bleed a bit when but in a hot bath but not "reactivate" from my understanding. As far as setting a twist is concerned, blocking really just kind of helps, bamboo, like soysilk and silk, can't really be set like wool can. I usually just give it a hot bath for 2 hours or so then set hang to dry.
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007 03:12:04 PM »

I don't know the answer, but I know that Holly is really nice, and I'm sure if you emailed her she'd be able to clarify!
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2007 03:31:05 PM »

I don't know the answer, but I know that Holly is really nice, and I'm sure if you emailed her she'd be able to clarify!


Yeah, I mentioned in an earlier post that I had already emailed her and she told me about the cold water and reactivating the dye.
 I was just curious as to how others dealt with bamboo. thanks though...
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2007 04:11:56 PM »

Hot water won't reactivate dye but it can make it bleed. However, the only way to set the twist with cellulose fiber is to use really hot water.  Though if the yarn is plied and fairly neutral you might not need to set the twist.

The best thing to know right now is what type of dyes were used. If direct dyes were used then it will always bleed  a bit, especially with hot water but if fiber reactive dyes were used then it shouldn't. Fiber reactive dye requires a washing out process though, to remove all the unattached dye. If the bamboo was dyed with fiber reactive dye then you actually should try to get all the unattached dye out of the finished yarn.
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