I am not a complete newbie at fabric dyeing. In fact, I have dyed a couple hundred yards and for the most part, have been successful. So what went wrong this week?
A while back I needed muslin for some craft things and had a 50% off coupon for JoAnn’s. I grabbed a bolt of muslin but when I got it home realized it was “Dyer’s Cloth.” Cool, I thought. They said at JoAnn’s that it had no finishes or perma press added and was ready to go. So I ripped some pieces and used it off the bolt. I think this may have been my mistake.
This is one piece of fabric:
Not too bad,eh? I kid you not, what follows is the reverse side of this SAME piece:
Sorry for the blur, here is a closeup:
What are those white areas????? Someone please help me out here! I find it so strange that they show on one side of the fabric but not the other. I have this on nearly EVERY piece of this dyer’s cloth that I used. No, I did not pre-wash it. I think I should have. Does this prove it does indeed have a finish of some sort on it?
Here is a closeup from another piece:
I dyed some other pieces the same day using the same dyes and soda ash. No white splotches. I had thought perhaps the soda ash was not completely dissolved but since the non-dyers cloth pieces turned out fine it must be something to do with this cloth.
So if anyone knows, please tell me! Also, for all you wise dyers out there, now what? Do you think overdying with a weak dye solution will help?
Until next time….