I was tatting another butterfly and noticed, once I was done with one side, the thread looked dingy. I use hand sanitizer before I tat, to make sure my hands are clean of dirt and oil, then I rub my hands on my sleeves. I also noticed my blue beads looked paler than when they came out of the package and my fingers looked a little blue :( :( The beads I had gotten from Jo Ann Fabric store had lost their color and came off on to my tatting!!
I threw out the beads and started over, using the pale peach to make a coral reef butterfly. This one I'm keeping :)