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Wacky idea: washing item to dye while prewashing fabric that bleeds?
Anyone ever tried anything like this?
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Date: 6/3/12 10:14 PM

A wacky, random thought just popped into my head, and I figured if anyone had ever tried such a thing, it'd be the folks at PR!

Has anyone ever included fabric or clothing in a pre-wash load that they wanted to slightly tinge with color? Like if you want a "tea dye" aged effect on a fabric, tossing it in with some dark brown cottons you're pre-washing?

I know we typically do the pre-wash to *avoid* getting the runoff dye onto other fabrics, but would that work in reverse?

(This thought cropped up as I was brainstorming ways to age/distress a canvas bag for a costume. I don't think this is the right technique *for this,* but it got me wondering! I have a load of brown broadcloth and corduroy I'm about to pre-wash, and I think I'm gonna throw in a couple yards of muslin and see what happens!)

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Date: 6/3/12 10:35 PM

I've never done this on purpose, but of course I've done it by accident, and the first thing that comes to mind is that sometimes the tint isn't uniform -- there are sometimes streaks or splotches, particularly if something that was bleeding was resting on something else for a while, such as in the spin cycle.

Will that be okay for what you have in mind?

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Date: 6/3/12 10:50 PM

I thought exactly what marjorie said. I think the blotchy effect would be a probability because of the nature of the machine agitation & lack of water (unless you have an old fashioned machine that uses a LOT of water). If that's the random effect you want, then it could certainly work.

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Date: 6/4/12 0:20 AM

years ago I had some clothes from Guatemala (various purple and dark blue shades) that the dye never stopped coming out of, on purpose I put them in the wash with some jeans that were getting a bit pale for my liking, it worked really well and strangely the jeans didn't bleed when they were subsequently washed.

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Date: 6/4/12 3:10 AM

I usually do that when I buy something new in black. I throw in older jeans that have faded to help soak up some of the run-off color. Never done it to purposely dye fabric though, but it's an intriguing idea

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