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Thread: Batik Bleeding

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    Oct 2012
    Alexandria, VA

    Batik Bleeding

    I love batiks; but, most of them are not color fast. How do most of you handle this problem?

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    Senior Member batikmystique's Avatar
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    I wash each color separately in warm water using Retayne (available in most fabric stores)...I use 1 tsp per yard of fabric. It will help set the dye used in the manufacturing process. I also throw in a color catcher so that I can tell if I need to send the fabric through a second wash. I then set the rinse cycle using cold water. I then dry the fabric in the dryer, pulling it out before it is completely dry so that pressing is easier. I also starch at this point.

    After a quilt has been made, I wash it using Synthrapol so that any excess dyes possibly remaining will be suspended in the rinse water and will not be set into the fabric anywhere on the quilt. Follow the directions on the bottle for optimal results. I would much rather do the first wash myself rather than the recipient washing for the first time to avoid any dye mishaps.

    Hope this helped!
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    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
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    I wash in HOT water with Synthrapol and a color catcher. Then I continue washing with a color catcher only until the color catcher comes out white. I love batiks, and I love deep reds and blues ... so to me it's worth it
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    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
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    Southwest Kansas
    If no other fabric picks the dye up, how is it a problem? Test to see if the other fabric picks the dye up. And of course even if another fabric picks it up it's still not set because you have to do something chemically to it to set the dye on both the original and anything that picks it up.

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I use Retayne prior to cutting... but note once Retayne is used ... cold water must be used to wash the finished quilt and all other washings, or the Retayne is removed .. and it will bleed.

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