Skein Color

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Can you lighten DMC cotton skeins with bleach or hot water?

I have a few small samplers to cross stitch that only require 2 colours each, but I don't want to waste a whole skein of cotton on something I will only have a handful of stitches for. Would I be able to lighten a cotton skein using the age old blanching with hot water or diluted bleach? I figure it could work seeing as it works every week with my laundry.

DMC floss always has to be rinsed before use because it will bleed a bit when wet the first time.

If it's still not light enough, add a bit of bleach to hot or warm water and watch carefully. Bleach is good at lightening textiles, but too much exposure can weaken fibers. Slowly add a bit more bleach if needed. Even more color may come off after the bleach and water mixture is rinsed off the threads.

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