I am having trouble with colours running in the wash. Not big trouble, but trouble all the same. I think there must be some natural chemical in our water which is pumped over from Stradbroke Island. I know the water originates up on the downs, filters through the aquafers and then rises through the sand near the sea. I bought some new tea towels and washed them before they were to be used. My husband put in an old T shirt that had been washed over and over with that wash and the tea towels now have a slightly pink tinge.
The completed Kogin bag kit also is a problem. Before i wet the piece for blocking the thread was very white.
Now that I have sewn it together I sew the thread has turned slightly blue.
I never had this problem on the mainland. The farmers and others on the Downs have been complaining about contamination of their water from mining and I wonder if this has anything to do with this? I am going to have to be careful with washing my embroidery in future.
As to the bag I am quite pleased with the finished product. I have made the straps a bit longer so that it can be carried over the shoulder, the original was to be carried in your hand. I also dug out some precious Japanese fabric for the lining.
This is cotton fabric but the fibre is so long it feels like silk. It is a light weight fabric with a lovely woven pattern and has then been printed. I put a large pocket in the bag to hold bibs and bobs.