Overdyed threads…

I love using most overdyed threads. They have a rich tone and feel wonderful. I rarely have any difficulty with them and the only issue is to remember to cross each stitch as you go in order to prevent any of the variegated threads from becoming muddy instead of showing their vibrant colors. Last night was the first time I’ve worked with Olde Willow fibers. Someone gave these to me and the Providence Brown seemed like a great substitute for GAST Bark. I had been stitching for a bit when DH asked for something and when I gave it to him, he asked what was wrong with my hands. They were black!
Yes, the dark brown dye was wearing off on me as I stitched. So I took the bundle of thread, and soaked it to get the excess dye off. What a mess. I had to soak it 3 times to get all the excess off. So now the question comes up, do I frog out what I’ve done with that or just try to avoid washing this piece before framing?

What would you do?

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  1. Claire

     /  January 27, 2009

    If it was me and I hadn’t stitched too big a section I’d frog and restitch with the newly rinsed thread. The fabbie might be stained a little bit, but not as bad if the unrinsed floss stayed there. Not to mention neighbouring threads or a lighter colour.

  2. Erin

     /  January 28, 2009

    I tend to agree, but it would depend on how much I had done.

  3. Crystal

     /  January 29, 2009

    I would frog it (or start over if it’s a huge area). What if you forgot and accidentally washed it, or something spilled so that it needed washing. It would be better too spend a little while frogging than to risk losing the whole piece later.


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