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Old 11-16-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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Preventing yarn bleeding

I bought some undyed yarn and some red yarn to make DSs christmas longies. How can I prevent the red from bleeding onto the natural? I don't think it will - the red is Galaway, so it was commercially dyed and shouldn't run. But I will be so upset if these get ruined. What do you all think?

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Old 11-17-2008, 05:33 AM   #2
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Re: Preventing yarn bleeding

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Re: Preventing yarn bleeding

It shouldn't run.
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It shouldn't run, but better safe than sorry.

Cut a snip from each color and put it in a bowl of hot water with a bit of soap. If the natural turns pink, then you know it won't work.
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If it runs, you can try setting it. Fill your sink with water and add a cup of vinegar. Then soak the yarn for an hour or so. Next, put the yarn in a microwave safe container with a lid and cover it with the vinegar water. Microwave for two minutes, let sit for two minutes, and continue alternating until it is steaming. Then, let it sit until it is cool. Rinse and dry. Dye should now be set.
I've had to do this before with my wool interlock fabric and it worked well!
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Re: Preventing yarn bleeding

Thank you! I'm going to do a test today. I can't imagine setting the whole hank - I'll make a mess of it for sure. But if I have to I'll try it - the longies are going to be so cute, it will be worth it
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If it runs, you can try setting it. Fill your sink with water and add a cup of vinegar. Then soak the yarn for an hour or so. Next, put the yarn in a microwave safe container with a lid and cover it with the vinegar water. Microwave for two minutes, let sit for two minutes, and continue alternating until it is steaming. Then, let it sit until it is cool. Rinse and dry. Dye should now be set.
I've had to do this before with my wool interlock fabric and it worked well!
So what if you've done all this and it's still bleeding?
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Re: Preventing yarn bleeding

but you bought commerical dyed yarn, right?

you really should have no problem, esp. if it is something like Patons or Cascade.

Now, if you talking WAHM dyed yarn, it really **shouldn't** bleed if it was set correctly, but if you use a wool wash with essential oils, they tend to break down the dye and release them from the fiber, hence the bleeding.
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So what if you've done all this and it's still bleeding?

was it dyed with acid dyes?

here is what i recommend. and this has always ensured all of my yarns don't bleed....

put your yarn in a sink full of cool water. cold works fine as well. pour in about a 1/4 cup of vinegar and let it sit over night. this does two things:

1. perhaps the dyer over saturated the yarn with color. yarn can only hold a certain % of its weight in dye. that number is escaping me at the moment. so, if the yarn is over saturated, it will bleed until the excess dye has escaped. the over night sitting will aid this. it will, with the aid of the acid, help set any dye that can be asorbed, but also when you take the yarn out of the water, any excess dye should stay in our sink. you might see a slight pink to the water.

2. the acid will help set the dye.

Now, once you let it sit over night, drain the sink. Refill with fresh cold water. Put yarn back in. You will notice immediatly if more color is escaping. It really really shouldn't still bleed at this point. I've never had any color, not even red, continue to bleed at this point.

BUT if it does, you need to wrap it in some seran wrap and place it on a cookie sheet in the oven. Preheat the oven with the yarn in there (what I mean is don't place it in an already hot oven). Bake at 250 for an hour maybe two. Allow to cool completly. Then re-immerse in water to see if it is still bleeding.

If it is...i would be amazed.
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Thanks for your help. I haven't tried the oven. I've done vinegar and water. I've done the microwave set twice. I've done the stove top set once. It's 3ply pw, so kind of wahm. i've never had such problems before
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