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Topic: Cotton washcloth makers! I have a question!  (Read 1351 times)
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« on: October 25, 2013 08:12:42 PM »


A year or so ago I made a crocheted soap sock (kind of the same idea as a washcloth) and I was super excited to go use it...bought bar soap and everything. Well...I went to use it and the colors bled (I think I had used teal Sugar and Cream?) and I was discouraged from making any more washcloth type things.

I have a bunch of the cotton in different colors and I'd really like to make some washclothes for gifts but my question is: Is there a way to somehow "set" the yarn so it won't bleed? Or was it a fluke with the color? Are lighter colors better? All the cotton I have is kind of bright. I read someone that the bleeding can happen more with blue/green colors. Is this true? Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions on this matter?

Thank you!

« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013 03:55:47 AM »

A washcloth is getting rather hard use, so the colours got to be of a good quality, not bleeding. It is not a problem I usually have with my cotton yarn - I would be disappointed and complain to the store, if it bleed significant.
  I know of no way to 'set' the colours - the only method I know is washing in temperate water, and adding a little bit of vinegar to the water, but it wont do for washcloths which ought to be washed at a high temperature.

Maybe you have just been unlucky with some of the yarn you bought. You could make a test, take some few meters of the yarn you want to use, and wash it with soap and hot water. If it bleeds, you don't use it for washcloths.

I hope it helps a bit - it is lovely to have handmade washcloths.

« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2013 01:53:59 PM »

I second the idea to make a few test pieces to see how the color works. You could do gauge swatches and test those rather than make a whole cloth.

I've personally never had issue with Lily's yarn bleeding like that. You may have just gotten a bad dye set from a good batch or something.

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014 07:59:11 PM »

Hi WhistleFish!

Sugar 'N Cream cotton does run somemtimes; I find that the red, dark/bright blues, dark/bright greens run the most (worse was Psychedelic Ombre..actually stained my fingers when working with it.. with American Stripes as runner-up).  On their website they do instructions for setting the dye: Craft your project, and soak it in a solution of the following: 1-2 c PICKLING SALT and COLD WATER. Set for half an hour. Rinse THOROUGHLY in water. Soak again in VINEGAR and WATER. Set for half an hour. Rinse THOROUGHLY.  I have followed these instructions for the American, and it did seem work.  Hope this helps, and good luck! Grin
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