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Topic: Bamboo cautionary tale: Judith MacKenzie McCuin. Please read.  (Read 5467 times)
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« on: July 13, 2009 02:48:01 PM »

So we all are lured to Bamboo's lovely sheen and silk like qualities but it is also Flammable.

During black sheep Judith gave many classes and in one she told this story. Judith decided to do some dying with Bamboo and space dyed it. She set it in her Ziploc bag and placed it in the microwave to set the color, A few moments later the bamboo roving set fire. Judith grabbed a pot holder and took the tray out then put a pan lid over the flaming bamboo. When she lifted the lid after the fire was out it reignited. Only after she dumped the whole thing into the sink did the flames fully go out. Bamboo is a resinous fiber so it can melt then burn and burn and burn. I wouldn't believe it from anyone else. I know I've made gifts for loved ones with bamboo but now I'll be a little more careful in terms of what I do with it.


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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009 05:19:02 AM »


Thanks for posting this.



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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2009 02:15:17 PM »

holy wow.... *note to self... skip bamboo dyeing and warn everyone who buys the spun fiber!

« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2009 04:28:13 PM »

wow, I had no idea!

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2009 11:18:40 AM »

So glad I read this! I'm currently spinning a bamboo single and I'm COVERED in bamboo fibers. I think I'll change clothes before going to that bonfire tonight... haha

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2009 10:13:15 PM »

How can yarn companies make all those patterns for baby sweaters made of bamboo yarn?  Do they coat the yarns with an anti-flamable concoction?


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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2009 05:57:00 PM »

Thank you for this invaluable warning!

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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2009 07:49:13 PM »

was it rayon bamboo or linen bamboo?
they are two very different fibers. one uses LYE to make the pretty bamboo that people like and think is as planet friendly but Linen bamboo is make like linen with retting and the like it is a not as soft and is more then likely safer in a microwave. like linen

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2010 11:20:34 PM »

Wow, speaking as a terrified baby spinner, this is great to know! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2010 08:48:47 AM »

O___o; Good lord.... I had no clue that stuff was flammable! Thanks for sharing. <3

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