Friday I had a tragic incidence of floss bleeding and posted in this forum asking for help (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=323166.0
). Some AWESOME craftsters (you know who you are) offered patient advice and well wishes. I decided to try the bleach pen solution and bought one on Saturday night, planning on trying to on Sunday or Monday. Luckily, before I went at my project I remembered that my white cotton fabric had black print on it. I did a test swatch with two methods offered up by the lovely and talented kittykill and then one I thought up after remembering about the print.
Test swatch with the offending vintage floss:
The test swatch after trying the 3 methods:Left
: Apply with bleach pen, using q-tip to pick up smudges. Cleaned up the magenta stain, but made short work of the black print and spread it a bit. The floss wicked it up and faded quite a bit.Middle
: Apply to moistened q-tip to dilute the bleach a little. Cleaned up the magenta stain, bleached the black, but not as much as full strength bleach. also less damage to the floss.Right
: Apply with paint brush to try to keep it on the white part of the fabric. Cleaned up the magenta stain and had the least effect on the black and the floss. Took a few more applications.
All methods would work just fine on all-white fabric. I chose the process on the right for the project and as it has less black print in the effected area, it worked pretty well. I'll "repair" the bleached black areas with black thread or floss. There were some areas that were too small to get to and they'll remain a bit pink. I'm still going to enter it in the Good Cause Challenge, because I'm pleased with how most of the rest of it turned out and until the tragedy of bleeding floss I enjoyed doing it. After that, I'm not sure what I'll do with it as I wouldn't feel right donating or giving it as a gift.
When the date to post comes, I'll put a link in here.
Hope someone found this helpful or a good starting point to find an even better solution should you be struck.