Posts tagged washing silk
Watermelon Juice

This was one of those accidental stains. I deliberately stained some Irish Shamrock habotai with spray adhesive, which I am still working on removing (stupid glue). But, due to reasons having to do with family and life, I currently have two teenagers living with me. Last Monday, they went to a party and returned with half a watermelon in a garbage bag. The watermelon was still good at that time so after sharing some with the happy parrots (those frequently heard in the background of our videos), the watermelon was left on the counter. For a week. In the garbage bag.

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Boiled Without Soap

When I wash silk in the machine, there is no real color change. There is slight color loss as the excess dye washes out, but to the naked eye, there’s no real difference in color.. But when I boiled silk with soap and baking soda, there was drastic color loss. So I started wondering: was the color loss from the soap? Or from sustained exposure to boiling water?

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Boiling Silk

While looking up degumming silk, I found this lovely post from Wormspit. While this post was specifically for removing sericin from raw silk prior to spinning in to yarn, I thought “Why not?”

The most sericin heavy silk we sell is Silk Organza and I, of course, have a ton of scrap from various projects. So I took some scrap and did my prep work.

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Dry Clean Only

How exactly did the dry clean only label come about?  Let's condense history in to a brief paragraph.  Silk has been around for anywhere from 8500 to 5500 years.  Silk cocoons have been found in a tomb in Henan province China dated to 6500 BCE with a full bolt of cloth located, also in Henan province, dated to 3500 BCE.  Dry cleaning wasn't invented until 1855 by Jean Baptiste Jolly.  So, from 6500 BCE to 1855 CE, water was used to clean silk.  Water was still used to clean silk until the advent of the washing machine.  How's that? you ask.  A brief story in merchandising.

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