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Wait time for laundering?

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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1 comments Hi Lena!
I was reading an article in a DIY magazine the other day on painting on fabric and it advised waiting 10-14 days before laundering after heat setting. Have you heard of this? I was wondering how often this was the case, as I had some flour sack tea towels fade slightly when I washed/dried them in cold water a few hours after I heat them. I used Speedball Screenprinting Inks for fabrics and block printed using Speedball Speedy Carve Blocks.
Thanks for your help- love your book- informative and inspiring!

message 2: by Lena (new)

Lena (lenacorwin) | 65 comments Mod
hi nicole,

i've never heard of that. the ink usually has directions on the container, and i've never read to wait.... interesting! with stamping, often what happens is the ink that has pressed into the fabric stays through washings, and the ink that just rests on the surface washes away. so if you're having problems with the print fading, you can try pressing longer and harder to get a print that really sinks into the fabric. let me know if you experiment with waiting 10 days. i'd be curious to hear!


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