Sometimes when things don't go exactly as planned it turns out much better.
As you can see the color ran after I washed this piece. I tried everything to get it out. When I was working on the stains they were just blobs. After a while I just gave up on it. "Chalk it up to exprience. Red runs so often. There is nothing to be done."
I'm glad that I let it dry anyway. This morning I woke up to this! Wow! The red looks like candle glow. The green looks like shadowing.
Now I wonder just how I can do this again? Maybe I can't. Maybe it was just meant to be!
- Always wash your embroidery with cold water and a mild soap. Rinse with cold water as well.
- There is a product called 'Color Catcher' that soaks up the extra color on laundry. Add a sheet of this to your cold water. If there is still color running onto the fabric press the sheet directly on the stain on the fabric. Change your water often.
- Check your embroidery every few minutes as it soaks. The sooner you treat the dye as it spreads onto the cloth the better. Allow the embroidery to soak for several hours.
- When stretching your fabric place a Color Catcher or a thin white cotton towel underneath and on top. Hope for the best!
- After it dries and some of the dye remains repeat the steps listed above.
- Red is notorious for running and ruining your work. Use as little of this thread as possible, For instance, if you want to raise the design element choose another color to fill in underneath. White will help soak up some to the dye.
- Soak your thread before you use it in cold water. Lay it on a white cotton towel to dry. If it still runs repeat the process.
- Many people say that using vinegar in the water seals the color on the thread so that it doesn't run. This has never worked for me but is worth a try.