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Thread: Dye Lots

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    Dye Lots

    I have not purchased much "new" fabric lately -

    so I am not sure if this question is still relevant.

    Do dye lots vary from lot to lot of fabric? And if so, are some brands/lines more prone to variations than others?

    The Kona's from several years ago seemed to. It was a bit disconcerting to me to see two bolts labeled with the same color name look quite different from each other.

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    Junior Member pandamommy's Avatar
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    Yes they may vary. I'm not sure which brands are more prone than others, but I have ran into it. Recently my small quilt group decided to do a challenge where we picked 1 focal fabric and the same pattern that we all had to use and then we were free to pick all our other fabrics. The fabric we ended up choosing was a floral print from JoAnn's. One of the gals and myself made a trip to the neighboring towns to buy the floral for everyone and we noticed a big big difference. One bolt we refused to buy as it was so faded looking and the others were vibrant. If you looked closely we could see a difference in each bolt. Normally I don't buy large amounts of one fabric so it isn't a problem.

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    *** Yes, they do. Dyes get changes as use over & over.
    *** Yarn always say match the dye lot. So the manufacturer knows it to.
    J J (jbj137)

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    I have found that they do indeed vary ever so slightly. I purchased fabric for a quilt and had to get border fabric from a separate bolt because there was a slight difference and I didn't want the different dye lots in the border.

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    it also varies depending on which greige is used.
    Nancy in western NY
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    Yes, it does change, but that is not always a bad thing. When I was first quilting I bought black at different places. When I finished the quilt was when I saw that they were two different colors but it gave it depth rather than being a flat black. Now I sometimes intentionally buy from different dye lots just to get that small variance.

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    Power Poster Boston1954's Avatar
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    I have never noticed it with my fabric, but usually have not bought more that one time of any one thing. Now, when I was doing cross stitch years ago, I had to make sure to get enough for a project because they vary greatly.
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