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lorrayne



Joined: 17 Dec 2004
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 18 11:08 am    Post subject: Embroidery silks  Reply with quote    

Hi

I want to embroider a design on a white shirt does anyone know if the silks are colour fast as item would have to washed?

Thanks

L

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1879
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 18 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cut a few inches off each color. Place each separately in a little dish of water with a drop or two of detergent. Leave overnight and see if any color has been released.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 18 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe worth doing a wet rub test too, just get some thread wet and rub it against the cotton

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 18 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Couldn't you just wash the threads before embroidering with them?

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 18 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some dyes will always leach a little, unless the thread packaging says different it's worth testing

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 18 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wot tahir said, what jam lady said and what sean said

pre washed thread will not bleed as much as "fresh" but if it is important still do tests to see if you need to wash it some more.

silk tends to take and keep dyes quite well but so does fresh white cotton as a secondary



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Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 18 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most embroidery 'silks' are cotton, and I agree with the others. Put the thread on white cotton when wet and see what happens.

lorrayne



Joined: 17 Dec 2004
Posts: 218
Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 18 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Many thanks all.

L

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