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Thread: Metallics in Fabrics

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    If you've used fabrics w/ metallics in them, how are they holding up? I have some fabrics that have gold on them and am concerned that the gold may "wear off" with washing repeatedly?

    Probably wouldn't buy them any more, but since I have them, I'd like to use them up. If push comes to shove, I guess they could be backings.

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    I've used fabrics with metallic designs but only for table runners or toppers. I always Scotchguard these so they don't have to be washed very often. I agree with you--what would happen to a quilt that had to be washed more frequently? I'll be watching your post to see what other members have to say.

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    if its gold thread woven into the fabric it will withstand washing.

    if its gold foiling that lays on top of the fabric it will not hold up to repeated washing (a washing every now and again is ok).

    typically the foiling just wears away from the washings but i have seen it turn green on a friends project.

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    Yikes, I never thought of it tarnishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    Yikes, I never thought of it tarnishing.
    it was really good fabric too, it was kaufman.

    her and i spent 2 weeks refoiling everything and she doesn't wash it any longer.

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    I wonder what made it oxidize like that. I've had it come off in the wash, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I wonder what made it oxidize like that. I've had it come off in the wash, too.
    i think it was the laundry soap she used.

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    Well that gives me something to think about :!: I had intended to make my daughter a quilt with Asian fabrics that have loads of gold in them :(
    It hadn't crossed my mind up till now.

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    Wow, I was thinking about it coming off, not turning a strange color. Guess those fabrics will be reserved for wall hangings, or used as backings. Wouldn't be washed as much, so hopefully not as much chance of damage. And then test a scrap w/ my detergent before washing.

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    I did freddom quilt for son when he turned 18. Rosewell, aliens, space and lots o black was the theme with silver in fabric every where. Back was black/grey with silver.....now he is 29 and there still is silver in blocks & backing. Maybe has to do with the fabric qualties? And how was washed?

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