How to Care for Your Teasel Hand Dyes
I want you to enjoy your Teasel products for generations. I've done everything I can to ensure hand dyed products from my studio will not bleed abnormally, stain other fabrics, or be ruinous to your handwork in any way. There are some guidelines for care that must be followed to ensure your yarn and fabric purchases last as long as possible. Most care steps are very easy and you probably do them anyway. Teasel cannot be held responsible for any product "malfunction" to include bleeding, staining, or tearing when care instructions are not followed.
1) Store your hand dyed yarns and fabrics out of direct sunlight to prevent fading. While some dyes are extremely lightfast (and I do select carefully for that property), there are colors (purples and blacks for example) that are prone to fading in sunlight no matter what.
2) Moths love to eat wool that has been stored in dark places. The best way to avoid moth damage is store your wools in an area that has good air circulation, and that can be dusted regularly. Cedar, lavender, rosemary and southernwood are all excellent herbal sachet materials for disguising the protein smell of wool that moths find so attractive (Don't use southernwood during pregnancy). Teasel DOES NOT recommend moth balls EVER. NO. Don't do it! The off- gassing from moth balls can be harmful to humans, and it will permeate your woolen goods forever. F O R E V E R.
Teasel's hand dyes have been washed, rinsed very well, gone through a "curing" stage and been rerinsed (naturally dyed materials/ yarn only), and been heat set. There is no need to do additional vinegar or citric acid baths. In the case of naturally dyed yarns and fabrics, this could actually change the color completely so don't do it. Simply wash as follows:
1) COLD WATER, GENTLE CYCLE OR HANDWASH FOR EVERYTHING! For a couple of reasons. Warm to hot water opens up the fibers in your cloth/yarn allowing dye to be removed. Yes, the dye has been "glued" to the fabric/ yarn with mordanting and heat, but permeability varies depending on the materials dyed and the dyestuff used. Cold water is a safety measure that prevents color bleeding as well as absorption. In cold water, any color that does eek out is not likely to stain other fibers. Second-- heat will fade colors more quickly. Use a pH neutral soap like Eucalan or SOAK for yarns, especially the naturally dyed ones. Use bleach and whitener free laundry detergent for fabrics and other items you choose to machine wash. NEVER USE WOOLITE ON NATURAL FIBERS. Save it for your delicate, synthetic blend fabrics (although Eucalan and SOAK work on those too)
2) Air dry out of direct sunlight. Superwash yarns can, of course, go in the washer and dryer, but handwashing them takes less time than loading the washer, and air drying is more friendly to wool in general. For the naturally dyed fabrics, this simply helps the color to last longer and reduces wrinkles for products that contain linen. If you must dry your fabrics in the dryer, use the lowest heat setting possible, wrinkle prevention or delicate settings are best.
All fabrics are prewashed and shrunk.