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If you're interested in seeing your creations - graphic or otherwise - in an objective way, hold the item up in front of and facing a mirror from a distance of 3 to 5 feet.. You'll be better able to critique your item and tell where another detail may be added, or another color repeated, or an area needs to be broken up with an addition of something.I rely on this method with everything I make and it never fails to give me success!
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How to Fade Fabric
Monday, February 26, 2007
Fading Fabric

You will be using bleach when fading fabric so please work in a well-ventilated area, wear rubber gloves and an apron to protect your clothing- better yet wear old clothes you care nothing about.

3 large plastic storage bins
Chlorine bleach
Chlorine neutralizer ( this stops the fabric from continuing to fade and eliminates that terrible chlorine odor

Directions :
First bin: combine 1 part chloring bleach with 10 parts very hot water
Second bin : fill with cold water
Third bin : mix chlorine neutralizer following manufacturers instructions

Run fabric under the tap in hot water. Then submerge the fabric in the first bin; watch it closely, keeping in mind that it will look brighter when wet than it will when it dries. The fading process takes anywhere from 10 seconds to 15 minutes. Add a little more bleach if you don't see results after 15 minutes.
Submerge the fabric in the bin of cold water, and swish it around, rinsing thoroughly. Wring it out.
Transfer fabric to the bin of chlorine neutralizer, and soak according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Launder the fabric with detergent, and dry it in the dryer

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