Week 7 - Placemats for Charity
Baby sitting

Something in the water

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The bag has turned out beautifully.
I'm at a loss to work out how an oxidation dye like indigo and (I presume) a modern industrial dye could both be made to run, so all I can suggest is that there are "colour-catcher" cloths you can throw in to pull dye out of the washing water.

Carolyn Foley

Yes, it is a bit of a mystery. I have now taken to testing a piece of fabric before I block.

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