I'm in the middle of the next batch of assignments, and decided to distract myself by shrinking a piece of fabric that has been in the stash for twelve months. It is the check fabric shown above. It's cotton so should be pre -shrunk.
So I dutifully dunked it in hot water. Big mistake. The red dye is not colourfast. So I now have a plaid with pink patches on it. It probably was not meant to be washed in hot water, but I am afraid Spotlight always manages to detach any price or care label from it's fabrics, at least in my local store. So I had no idea of the care needed and just followed general principles. This year I have ruined 3 Spotlight fabrics this way. So in future I shall not buy any high contrast fabrics that may bleed in hot water. I know I can wash in cold, but one day a mistake would happen and shrinkage and dye run occur.
I'm glad I found out now. Luckily I only bought a metre, so no great loss. This piece will now go into my pile of stash that gets used for muslins.
My next distraction was a walk to Spotlight - mainly for exercise, and also to purchase a reel of thread. While I was there I found that they had a new job lot in - and there was a piece of 60 wool/40 poly twill in a lovely cool red colour. This colour has been on my to buy one day list for ages. So I bought 2 metres - and at $5.00 a metre, I think this offsets my fabric shrinking mishaps this year nicely.
In fact, I think I won more than I lost :)
Sarah Liz :)