|Before one year of sun exposure|
This is a little birdie pincushion I made from recycled wool at Sew Biz Quilt Camp last summer. He's been sitting in the window of my sewing cottage for almost a year now. From inside, he looks just fine.
|After one year of sun exposure|
But the side that's been in the sun looks like this:
Even the rick-rack trim faded! Not to mention the vintage thread spool he's mounted on...
So, why does fabric fade in the sun?
Here are some interesting links:
Teachers answer a student's question at NEWTON.
AnswerBag.com explains how the moisture in fabrics reacts with the atmosphere to create a bleaching effect.
WikiHow shows how to use the process to your advantage with a technique for fading t-shirts to give them a vintage look!
I believe now from first-hand experience that the folks who are advising us to keep our quilts out of the direct sunlight know what they're talking about!