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I'm a Hand Washing Convert or How To Hand Wash Wool Sweaters

I've fallen in love with my wool sweaters all over again. I've saved a little cash, made my sweaters softer, and prolonged their wear and tear. In this tutorial, I'll give you the pros and cons of hand washing wool, cashmere and wool blend sweaters, a few tricks on repairing holes, the cost benefits of hand washing, and how to store them until next season.  I dread taking my clothing to the dry cleaners. The chemicals, the cost, the bringing-of-clothes-outside-of-the-house-montage. When I found out I could hand wash my sweaters without ruining them I signed myself up!  I've had to say goodbye to too many sweaters after shrinking them in the wash. Thinking, the gentle cycle is gentle enough, it won't...

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Notes on Dyeing: Mini Clutches in Grey Shibori

So I can remember what I do, and recreate it if I so desire. These notes may sound like a robot.  Materials hemp/organic cotton/recycled polyester canvas  ~ 3 T. "better black" dye - fiber reactive dye  ~ 3 cups water 2 T. soda ash rubber bands large plastic container to hold dye bath plastic bag to wrap fabric for curing professional textile detergent (synthrapol) Note: For this experiment I started with 4 canvases pre-dyed with fiber reactive dye, then bleached to remove most of the dye (one was slightly darker). One canvas started un-dyed.  Round 1: folded into 4ths, then triangles. Dyed with fiber reactive dyes in blue + black. (4 canvases) Round 2: folded into 4ths, then triangles. Bleached with pure...

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