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Monday, March 22, 2010


Hi there!  The label on this spray bottle of *Distress It* by Hooked On Rugs says it's for punch needle projects, but I found it works well on most cotton/linen fabrics, and probably wools as well.  Bottle appears to be about one liquid cup, more or less (sorry, no ounces on label).

Cost at LNS was about $7.50 (less 25% off during Superbowl Sunday).  I'd been watching it for a while and since it was on sale, it was the perfect time to try it.

Two strengths are offered ~ *regular* and *extremely*.  The label states this stain lightens as it dries, so I chose the extremely distressed.

As you may know, Osnaburg is a very wonderful tannish, primitive, sturdy and slubby, inexpensive (bonus) fabric, I love to buy it a yard or two at a time for stitchin.  Sometimes you can even find Osnaburg in prim drabby colors, love that too!  The weave is compared to 32 ct. and was used in Pioneer days as clothing fabric/shirting material.  The color on my monitor makes this natural Osnaburg appear gray (like natural linen), it's not gray, it's tan.

This was a fun project, here's my experiment, you can click on pics to enlarge:
 Large piece of natural Osnaburg~before/after a liberal spray; good overall coverage for large pieces, but not enough definition for smalls unless you are intentionally trying to alter the overall color of the Osnaburg, which was also a nice brownish color

Another large piece of Osnaburg that I had very heavily tea dyed,
then sprayed, dabbed and drizzled with paint brush;
better definition for smalls

Scraps of Osnaburg
Top ~ Natural/before
Center ~ Sprayed
Bottom ~ Dabbed with paint brush

This product is indeed a brown stain, please spay with care.  I even sprayed, waited a few minutes then rinsed under warm water to see if I could alter the distressing, some of the overall stain did rinse out nicely.  You can also wait between sprays for a nice layering effect.  

I'd say this product goes a long way, does what's intended, dries rather quickly and is very user friendly ~ I give it a big stitcher's thumbs up!  Another fab product made in the USA:)

Kind thanks to those who asked about this.  If you try this stain, please consider letting the rest of us know what you think.

If you're still with me at the end of this post, phew ~ thanks for hangin in there!

We wonder, we learn, we share, we create!

Tootles, Sue

Edited:   Stitchers minds think alike.  A reader wondered if this product is *acid free*.  It's been a couple days and I've not been able to confirm one way or the other.  If anyone has definitive input on this noteworthy point, will you please let me know?  Thx.


  1. Thanks for the pics. I'm still scared to try to distress or dye anything myself. But it's nice to know how it comes out when you do!

  2. I ahve been wanting to try this and have not bought any....I did the coffee staining and this looks faster....Thanks for the photos..I sure did help me get the true visual~!

  3. Nice review of a new-to-me product. You're braver than me, Sue! I keep wanting to try to coffee stain a few things, but keep chickening out...

  4. Excellent info! Thanks Sue!

  5. Hello Sue, I just found your blog and am enjoying it immensely! A question about the destress it...is it acid free? I would hate to use it and find holes in my fabric in a few years...

  6. I admire you doing it, i never and will not ever try dying a fabric.
    Have a good week.

  7. Just stopping in to say hello, love your blog!
    Louise in NC

  8. That's an interesting product. Thanks for showing us. x


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