I have finally learned my lesson. I am not buying any more hand-dyed thread from a certain lady on eBay who shall remain nameless. I have no trouble with the hand-dyed thread I get from Denise but this other lady apparently doesn't rinse her thread good. I tried the "spray with cold water" technique and it didn't work. The colors still bled. Can you tell I'm mad? Hah! Another doily I worked hard on ruined.