(Cross posted from my main blog at http://www.kimiko1.com/blog/?p=317.)
Yes, I'm still around. I haven't posted as I've been taking a break since my mad sewing marathon for my laureling outfit, and I've only recently been able to actually transfer my photos from the digital camera, to my husband's computer, to finally my sick computer, which took many hours to transfer. Sadly, sick computer means it takes more work to not only get my photos, but to also work on them for upload and sharing, and in one of my programs I'm working in the dark, as I can only see tiny little icons, not full photos. Hopefully sick computer will be replaced sometime soon. I will be working on the photos and upload them as soon as I can.
So, today I went and hunted down an academic summary article I had read some time ago on the use of vinegar to set dyes. As it took a long time to find the article again, hidden under so many other articles that state the opposite, I figured I'd at least share that academic gem so that I can find it again, hopefully. I had posted it to an SCA group on Facebook.
We were discussing how the old wives tales of using vinegar, or salt, to "set" dyes in fabrics was or was not actually worth doing. Does it help to set dyes on fabric? I'm sure you've heard of it, just add a bit of salt or a bit of vinegar, or both! to your wash load, and it will "set" the dye in your garment fabrics so they won't fade. ( Read more...Collapse )