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shadiya



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 9:30 am    Post subject: How can you test Reply with quote    

To see if a fabric is 100% wool? Anyone know a way? Got something I want to dye that is supposedly wool but I think it's a wool blend.

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

100% wool dissolves in bleach. Anything that doesn't dissolve isn't wool.

Midland Spinner



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wool dissolves in bleach (seriously - that's why you don't put bleach on a favourite jumper however badly it's stained!)
When burnt, wool smells of burn hair & burns to dry ash while Artificial fibres smell of burning plastic and melt to a hard bobble usually.

Cotton & linen burn to ash but smell of burning paper or hay.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yep, what they said. I generally start with the burn test then move on to bleach if it needs it

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What colour do you want to dye it? Because a semi dissolved, half burnt pull over always looks good in blue, I think.

Wentworth



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
What colour do you want to dye it? Because a semi dissolved, half burnt pull over always looks good in blue, I think.


I was thinking burnt umber

sueshells



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 10:48 am    Post subject: Re: How can you test Reply with quote    

shadiya wrote:
To see if a fabric is 100% wool? Anyone know a way? Got something I want to dye that is supposedly wool but I think it's a wool blend.



If it is a blend it depends a bit on what the blend is. It will still dye (after a fashion) with acid dyes - the wool part - but if the blend is cotton/linen/viscose/rayon you can always re-dye with Procion dyes for an interesting effect! If the blend is synthetic - well, that's a bit different.

I would definitely use the burn test first - that should rule in/out any synthetic content.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

plus, some wool blends dye fine with machine dylon, its not really designed for wool, but usually gives fairly good reults anyway, and it will dye some of the common blends quite easily. Expect slightly paler shades than you woudl get on cotton though

shadiya



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 12 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
What colour do you want to dye it? Because a semi dissolved, half burnt pull over always looks good in blue, I think.




I knew there was something to do with burning, just couldn't remember what! Will start with that as apart from anything else, I haven't got any bleach! Thanks peeps.

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