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Date: 1/3/13 12:01 PM

I just used Pam Erny's method to pre-treat wool crepe by getting 3 thick bath towels wet but not dripping with hot water and putting those in the dryer with my wool crepe for 40 min. on high heat. I took the fabric out and laid it flat, but there are dark blotchy spots all over the fabric - some are big areas... At first I thought the fabric was still wet in those spots and just had to dry (although the fabric didn't feel wet). But no, the spots haven't gone away. BTW this was a high quality fabric from Fabrications.

Is there anything I can do to fix this? If not, I'll just pretend someone has their arm around me while I sit here sobbing.

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Date: 1/3/13 12:14 PM

{{{Hugs}}}

Lots and lots of hugs.

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Date: 1/3/13 12:24 PM

Ah, I wish I had a good answer for you. Could you ask the place you bought it from for advice? I think I would probably find a good cleaners and see what they can do....

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Date: 1/3/13 12:42 PM

hug, hug, hug. It is odd that these spots turned up. They had to be in the fabric but not noticeable prior to the dryer. The damp and heat of the dryer must have brought them out.

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Date: 1/3/13 12:55 PM

If you use fabric softener sheets, they can leave a greasy looking residue on your fabric. Even if you didn't use one here, the residue could still be in your dryer.

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Date: 1/3/13 1:21 PM

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I have no idea if this picture will show up or not. This is the largest area that is blotchy. This is brand new fabric that I just ordered and received a week or so ago, and I've kept it protected - until today. I didn't use any dryer sheets, but if there is residue in the drum, how are you supposed to know that?

Upon looking closer at the fabric, the darker areas look like the fabric has started to felt in those areas. How did that happen? Could my towels have been too wet? They were wet, but not dripping wet. I just don't understand how everyone else had great results using this method, but my efforts resulted in disaster!

Really, the question now is - can I do anything to make all the fabric look the same - and have it still be usable for my couture dress?

Thanks for the hugs, I really need it.

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Date: 1/3/13 1:38 PM

Ask Pam. Is this method particularly for wool crepe, or does she recommend it to preshrink wools in general? Do the dark blotchy spots resemble the color of any of the towels you used, perhaps the color crept off?

This sounds like a pretty strong method to me. I use more gentle methods and true slower. Let me know if you'd like to know that. Water, plus heat and agitation is a felting method for wool. Did your fabric become bulkier or did it retain the same hand? Any shrinkage of original dimensions? Not criticizing Pam or her technique. Would like to learn. Thanks.

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Date: 1/3/13 1:42 PM

Wool crepe changes more than other fabrics from the dryer treatment - the fabric becomes a little more dense and slightly felted. It's never bothered me, but I did get that uneven look once.

I doubt it's dryer sheets - I use them all the time, and also pretreat my wool fabric in the dryer. Heck, I've even accidentally thrown them in with the fabric without incident before! When I had this problem it was because I had not used wet enough towels, and the fabric had shrunk unevenly. Here's what I would do: run two bath towels through the wash and maximum spin cycle in your washing machine. They should be wet but not at all dripping. I find I cannot get this level of wetness from the sink, they must go through the wash.

Put them in the dryer with your fabric on high (yes, high) for at least 30 minutes. Remove promptly - don't let the fabric sit with the towels, which will probably not be dry yet, as this causes more spots.

In theory this should make the fabric even out - it worked for me the one time I had an issue. In the future you may not wish to use the dryer method on crepe. I don't buy it anymore because it's too picky - I've never had a flannel or gabardine have issues with the dryer method!

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Date: 1/3/13 1:54 PM

I was replying and missed your post. So sorry for your frustration about the uneven results of the treatment. Also, I copied and clicked on your link and the file could not be found.

I'm guessing you're right that the slight felted affect is from the towels being too wet.

I learned the London Shrink method, a classic old tailoring approach. This was for fabrics in the past that got less pretreatment in the manufacture than today. Even with less prep to fabric in olden days this is what tailors did, very gentle-

* Dampen a large sheet- not wet, really wring it out.

* Roll the fabric in the sheet so that it forms a tube and all the fabric surface contacts the just damp sheet. Leave overnight for the fabric to absorb the slight moisture.

* Unroll fabric- it should be consistently barely damp to the touch.

* Hang fabric to fully dry over a shower rod, dowel, etc.

However, I no longer feel this is necessary with modern fabrics. I give it a really hefty shot of steam with a hovering iron and go over all the yardage. Both sides to be sure I've got it all steamed. Some folks send it out to the dry cleaner since this is the care method likely to be used on the finished garment. Can be costly. You might want to ask a dry cleaner.

Do you have enough yardage to cut around the issues? If not, here's a thought for an entirely different project. Really felt the darn stuff to get a consistent surface. Then make a fabulous felted wool crepe jacket or coat.

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Date: 1/3/13 2:34 PM

On Pam's web site the fabric sample she used was wool crepe, and many here on PR have used her method on wool crepe successfully. I know the towels were not to blame, they have been washed and dried many times. The fabric has become just slightly denser but has retained the same soft supple hand. I started out with 3 yards plus 4 inches, and ended with 3 yards plus 2 inches. No shrinkage in the fabric width.

Like I said, there seems to be slight felting in the darker blotchy areas. Next time I will just steam press the yardage.

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