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Red Threads and Dye Transfer

By June 19, 2012

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As I was working on the Laurel Wreath with Bird pattern, several of you brought up the issue of crocking or the transference of excess dye when using red embroidery threads and fibers.

This problem is common with red, purple and some blue threads, and you can read my tips for handling excessive dye here.


June 19, 2012 at 10:36 am
(1) cathartes says:

Another problem I had was red from fabric. I stitched an adorable snowman then made it into a cute pot holder using red and green fabric. It was a great gift until it was washed. All my hard work ended up with a pink snowman. This was years ago before I knew about prewashing fabrics and such. As much as I love red, I avoid it. Maybe now I’ll try using it again with your methods. There’s a particular redwork alphabet I’ve been wanting to stitch this year. ;-)

June 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm
(2) Jennifer says:

I always pre-wash. Sometimes more than once. Especially with red. Even then, there is no guarantee. But, cheap stuff tends to bleed more than the better stuff. If I did not test first, it is my bad. I’ve had too many things ruined because I was in a rush and didn’t test.

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