I thought I’d revisit a topic that likely has gone around many many times.
One of the women at our Potluck Spinners and Weavers trip to visit the Kedgi
Weavers guild yesterday was having a problem with some silk/wool blend that
she had woven into a scarf.

She purchased the fibre in hanks, already dyed in vibrant reds/oranges, wove
it into a couple of scarves and a shawl. When she wet finished it, the
rinse water was bright red. Subsequent rinses, in water and vinegar still
yield red water. Apparently the yarn has faded in colour dramatically with
each rinsing. She’s very concerned about this, she’s worried that if it was
worn over another garment the red might bleed out and ruin a jacket or

What’s the next alternative? What could prevent this in the future? Was
there likely too much dye for the amount of yarn in the dyebath? Any other
suggestions or comments?


Julie Rosvall
Wolfville, NS


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