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Re: How to make fabric paler? 19 Sep 2013 19:55 #110287

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They go in the dryer. :P
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 19 Sep 2013 19:31 #110286

Everybody except me likes the Bright yellow so I am going with it and not messing with the fabric. Despite the fact that we have bright sunshine here a lot of the time!
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 19 Sep 2013 19:28 #110285

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How does it do with his boxers? :wink: :lol: :lol:

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Re: How to make fabric paler? 19 Sep 2013 19:00 #110284

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I'd simply wash it once or twice or three times and dry after each wash in bright sunshine. I fades the stripes on my DH's tee shirts. :D
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 19 Sep 2013 00:42 #110253

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i didnt read all the answers, but i think may be you can deep every thing in tea?
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 18 Aug 2013 22:02 #108798

A tea bath will make fabric a yellowish brown shade depending on which kind you use and a coffee bath makes fabric a more tan brown. Try experimenting on some scraps using different strengths. I would advise against bleach no matter what strength as it will cause the fabric to deteriorate over time. The only way to stop this is to use Anti-chlor available through pool supply shops and fabric dye suppliers. Vinegar does not do the job. Good luck.
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 17 Aug 2013 06:53 #108744

I have actually made 3 blocks, one with the bright yellow and one with another fabric of paler yellow and one with the bright fabric reversed. My husband is absolutely set on the bright yellow so that's going to be it. I have to find time and courage to cut out these blocks, the book says to iron and starch the fabric - put all 5 pieces one on top of the other, get a new blade in the rotary cutter and go to it! We'll see.
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 16 Aug 2013 22:15 #108733

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I like the idea of the colors moving around, like Marilyn I'm looking forward to seeing more blocks!

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Re: How to make fabric paler? 13 Aug 2013 11:26 #108445

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I will look forward to seeing a picture of a few blocks...in order to see what happens when
the colors move around !!
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 13 Aug 2013 10:39 #108439

There will be 25 blocks and all 5 fabrics take a turn at being the centre so I am sticking to the cream on white as I hope it will add the famous "pop" I am always looking for! No worries, Bleach is Gone!
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 13 Aug 2013 08:40 #108424

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Mmmmhhh...... I would actually change out the centre square for a totally different fabric. I really like the rest of the block.

About the bleach: I have seen 'lightly' bleached fabric disintegrate about 6 months later.
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 07 Aug 2013 09:29 #108072

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and for cleaning? try vinegar - no chemicals - kills most of the germs and bacteria - removes the lime/calcium buildup.
i wouldn's soak my cotton in it for any length of time - but it won't be hurt by washing - might actually make the colors brighter - just cleaned all the office coffee machines and water kettles with vinegar and water... now they're ready to be packed for my next exhibition - wish more of the other stuff was getting there as well :)
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 07 Aug 2013 07:35 #108066

Quite right Lotti! What was I thinking? Bleach is a :twisted: chemical and should not go anywhere near our lovely 100% cottons, let alone be allowed to destroy quilty efforts. Over the years I have had enough dark clothes wrecked by one drop of bleach to know better. Horrible stuff to have in the house except that it kills 99% of household germs and the best place for it is down the toilet. Thank you so much for your input, I sort of knew that bleach is wicked stuff but was so focussed on fixing the fabric and now you have put my brain back in gear and clarified the matter. I'm going to leave the fabric alone and go with right side out and see what happens, one thing I now know for sure it won't fall apart! Thank you everyone! :)
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Re: How to make fabric paler? 06 Aug 2013 23:53 #108047

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Bleach weakens the fabric, especially natural fibers such as cotton.
My DB & DSIL received a quilt for their wedding where a couple of the fabrics had been bleached to make it an all pastel quilt. After only a few of years all the bleached triangles started to tear at the seams. My mom and I ended up buying brighter colors to replace all those pieces, mom sewed them in by hand, practically appliqueing each piece on top of the damaged bits, sewing them to the 'healthy' fabrics.

The quilt now has much more punch and the design can actually be seen, with the bleached fabric it was all the same value.
After numerous washings during the last fifteen years or so since the repair, it's held up well. I slept under that quilt when I visited this spring and was amazed that there is practically no damage to either the old or new fabrics. The problem clearly was the bleach.

When I was in my teens a friend had purchased new jeans and wanted a distressed look. She put them in a basin of water with a cup or so of bleach added, leaving them to soak all day.... Parts of the jeans actually dissolved in the next couple of washings!
No more bleach being used for laundry in this household!

I really like the option of using the reverse side of the fabric, or giving them that tea bath, or generally overdying can be a lot of fun.
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