What would you do if you got blood on your quilt, fabric or sewing that
you were working on?
Accidentally getting some blood on your work, can happen quite easily sometimes, from just a pin prick or a hand sewing needle that has being accidentally poked into your finger, or maybe a slight snip with your fabric scissors, or maybe from an injury that you have.
Blood will normally always show on your fabric regardless of what the colour of your fabric is, but more so if you’re working with very light fabrics especially plain colours. Now this little tip here will sound rather gross,
but believe me, most times it’ll work 100% in removing that blood
While the blood is still wet, take some of your own saliva, and dab onto
the blood. The amount of blood and your fabric will determine how much
saliva you’ll need, and don’t be afraid of how “wet” you make the spot of
blood. Once you feel happy that it’s lightening and you have enough saliva
on it, then just let it dry naturally, don’t wash it at that stage.
Don't rub this, just let it dry.
The interesting and important thing here is, that it needs to be
"your blood and your saliva".
As I’m not a biologist or physics instructor, I do not understand the ins
and outs of this, but this is how it seems to work........ Your blood, Your saliva.
The very first time that I came across this method was many years ago
when I had entered my first quilt into a major state show and had won several ribbons for that quilt.
Now a few minutes after the ribbons had been handed to me, I looked down at these and to my horror my very pure white ribbon had this spot of blood on it approx the size of a five cent piece.
I realised that the pin on the back of the ribbon was undone, and as the
ribbons had been passed to me, this opened pin had scraped across my finger.
The type of fabric that a show ribbon is made out of, allows a small prick of
blood to spread very quickly.
Feeling rather shocked that my now white ribbon had blood on it,
I didn’t know what to do with it, when someone told me the above “trick”.
Yes I did this there and then, in front of others watching as well, otherwise
it'd have dried into the ribbon never to be removed, and Yes it all came out
and you cannot see any trace of that blood in that very white ribbon.
So next time you get a little blood on your work, try this and see if it
works for you.You may choose not to tell anyone that you’ve actually done
this, but this little Inspirational tip could save your work, particularly if you’re
giving your quilt, etc away as a gift or entering it into an exhibition.
I always keep a couple of band-aids within my sewing box especially if
I’m going to a quilt - in etc, as even the very slightest pin prick can make a bit
of a mess of your fabric. It’s far better to place a band-aid on for a few minutes than to risk getting blood on your work.
As I always use 100% cotton that I’ve pre-washed in hot water first,
I never have any issues on doing this, but if you’re using something other
than 100% cotton, like silk etc, then you may need to test on a small place
first. I take no responsibility for damage to anything that you try this on.
Hoping that you enjoyed today’s little tip.
You can find many more like this in my paperback book
100 Inspirational Tips to help you on “Your” QUILTING JOURNEY
Hoping that if you ever get blood on your work, that this brilliant little tip gets you out of a spot.
That's it for today.
I'll be back again real soon with some other tip that'll help you on your creative journey.
Have a beautiful & creative day