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Washing JoAnn linen in hot water to lighten color
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Date: 6/15/13 9:32 AM

So I bought some brown linen from JA yesterday. I wanted to try to lighten up the color slightly, because it's just a teensy bit too dark for my taste. The washing instructions are to wash in cold water and tumble dry low. Do you think something...ah...catastrophic may happen to the fabric if I wash it in hot water? Would that potentially work to lighten it up? The only other thing I can think of would be to try to somehow sunbleach it, but I do not have a clothes line. I don't want to actually bleach it, because I don't want to get it much more than one or two shades lighter. Suggestions?

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Date: 6/15/13 10:57 AM

prewash a swatch. before putting it in the wash, trace around it so that you can gauge the shrink factor while you're at it.

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Date: 6/15/13 11:02 AM

Use a cold water detergent (liquid) with hot water & rinse well (also hot) in a bucket to see if the dye releases some. I discovered that little trick quite by accident. The amount used is maybe a 1/4 capful.

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Date: 6/15/13 11:02 AM

You might try a little Rit Color Remover. If it's diluted down and the fabric isn't kept in for very long, you might be able to get the color you want. It's kind of harsh on the fabric, but not as much as bleach. I'd try it on a swatch first to see how it does.

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Subject: Whats the worst that could happen? Date: 6/15/13 11:27 AM

Washing in hot water will tighten the weave and may set wrinkles so that you may never get the fabric smooth again.

Do the various suggestions with swatches. Measure the swatch first then again after the swatch has been tested and dried.


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Subject: Whats the worst that could happen? Date: 6/15/13 11:47 AM

The first thing I'd do is just wash it normally--warm water, hot dry. There may actually be quite a lot of excess dye in the fabric that will simply wash out. Check the washer while it's running to see if the tub fills up with brown, or use a Shout Color Catcher. Or just wait and see how it turns out!

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Date: 6/15/13 12:30 PM

Dharma trading company has info on dying and on color removal. I know they sell some black blanks that "discharge" to brown so that must be w/ some color remover they sell. They might be able to guide you as they specialize in all things dye and fabric.

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Subject: Whats the worst that could happen? Date: 6/16/13 11:57 AM

I've used a lot of the JAs linens and have been happy. I always prewash in HOT water and dry in the dryer. I have never found that to remove any color, nor have I had color come out in the wash water. I did a piece of light brown linen yesterday and it came out great.

I would contact DHarma. This may require chemicals and you don't want to be messing with that without some good knowledge on your side.

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Subject: Whats the worst that could happen? Date: 6/17/13 9:22 AM

Why don't you do an all over surface stitch (random) in a lighter colour on the fabric. You could use a heavier thread e.g. buttonhole twist.

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Subject: Whats the worst that could happen? Date: 6/18/13 6:47 AM

Alrighty, I washed the fabric in warm and dried it twice. It seems to be a bit lighter, though not by much. I picked up some RIT dye remover yesterday, and I plan to test a swatch tonight.

Tell you what though, WOW that wss a lot of lint!!!! @___@;

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!! I'm subtracting fabric given away from my yardage in. Yeah!
In: 99.75 yards
Sewn: 77.5 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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