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« on: December 17, 2009 10:09:40 AM »

Does anyone know what kind of dye is used on DMC floss?

This is a totally weird question, I know.  I embroider a lot, and I have a lot of waste threads.  I would like to compost them (cotton is compostable), but since I use my compost in my veggie garden, I'm a bit worried about the dyes on the waste threads.  If they use heavy metals, I don't want to add them to my garden, not even in the slightest trace amounts.  I've e-mailed DMC to ask this question of them, but I haven't heard back from them yet.
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009 03:48:41 AM »

If you have a bird feeder near by or know if someone has one-- just put your scraps near that-- it is good nesting material for birds!! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2009 02:29:53 PM »

Thanks HN!  I've always had the same concern about putting the threads outside.  What if they contain something hazardous for the birds and I don't know it?  I'm probably overthinking this.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2009 08:31:08 PM »

I have know people that make toys for babies -- with the DMC thread! They had no problems.
I would be more concerned with the hand dyed threads then the DMC threads. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2009 02:43:33 PM »

I am fairly certain that DMC uses reactive dyes for their threads, because it is highly permanent and lightfast; as an advantage for those who are concerned it's also environmentally friendly, almost all colours having NO heavy metals, and a very few colours have a small amount of metals.

I am fairly certain that it would be safe to put threads out for birds to use as nesting materials in spring. I find it is just too much a hassle to compost anyway, I have never really found that thread breaks down that easily, maybe because the critters and bugs that process compost find that orange peels are far tastier than thread from which nutrients have basically been stripped. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2009 02:46:07 PM »

Thanks syri!  That's great information.  I have an indoor worm compost bin that works really, really well.  I think it can handle the threads in no time.  I never did get an answer from the DMC company about their dyes.  They probably thought my question was a joke.  Smiley
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