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Thread: how to fade fabric

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    I just got back from the fabric store. I bought 8 inches of 3 fabrics for a total of 24 inches cost $9.82. One was on clearence for $1. I need light purple & dark purple for my star blocks. I have lots of dark purple, is there anyway to lighten these up.
    I refuse to go back to that store again. The LQS has some fat quarters on for $1.99 I can get better at your Joanne's for 2/$1.

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    Lay it out in the sun? I dunno. Just guessing here, but I know sun damage lightens fabrics over time.

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    I've never done it but you could search for "discharge dyeing" through google.

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    I googled a lady that worked in a laundry said to try dylon colour stripper.

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    sun fading also weakens the fabric

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    As bearisgray said, The sun will weaken the fabric. So will bleach.

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    Do you have samples of the colours you need? Maybe it would be easier to just trade for fabric with some board members.
    If I have anything you would find suitable, I'm interested in trading for scraps.
    Bleach discharge will not weaken the fabric too much unless you leave it way too long. I'd look around on google if you decide to go that route.
    Good luck!

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    I did some bleach discharge thing years and YEARS ago - worked well for creating a new fabric that 'matched the one I had started with. You had to neutralise the bleach with something with a logn name - I want to say Sodiummetabysulphate - but don't know where that came from!

    ANYWAY

    As I can't give precise instructions - google it. I know if you do it right it won't weakent the fabric toooooo much!

    I also think the swaping with board members idea is a good one!

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    Add a very small amount of Clorax, few drops.Dip fabric into ioxture few times and test for color. Wash the bleach mixture out and rinse and rinse.
    Soaking with bleach for a long period of time will weaken fabirc.
    Have you tried used the reverse side of the dark purple?

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    I'll ask my husband - he can screw up my clothes like no one else! Fading, bleaching, colours gone, shrunken misshapen things = he has a great deal of expertise.

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    I just tried some really dark purple (10 in. sq.)in a really weak bleach solution, didn't get lavender. I don't like to trade as I'm in Canada. We will be leaving soon to stay in Yuma for 5 months. On my way there I'll be taking a side trip to Fabric Depot. Will surely do some serious shopping. LOL.

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    Have you tried looking at the back? I sometimes use fabric on the 'wrong' side and that gives me a paler version of the 'right' side.

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    if you use bleach you can neutralize the bleach (so it stops bleaching) with peroxide...equal parts peroxide and water, after bleaching to the desired shade rinse well in cold water then dip into diluted peroxide. i usually leave it in for a few minutes (i do not know if time is really necessary) then rinse again in water. the peroxide neutralizes the bleaching action and stops it from damaging the fibers. i have had fun with discharge dyeing you can get some interesting results. if you are going to try it, try it with a couple different (small) pieces of fabric to see how they turn out before doing it to a large piece.
    the first time i did it i was discharging blacks...and did not test first...it was very interesting to see that one of my blacks discharged to a rather bright orange...one turned an ugly brown and one was quite blue. always test ...

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    Tula Pink does a nice color fading experiment...

    http://tulapink.com/2010/05/11/experimenting-part-ii/

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    can you use wrong side?

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