Silk hankies are silk cocoons stretched out and layered one on another on a wood frame. Once the silk is washed and dried it is taken off the frame. The result is a flat piece of delicate fabric. Each hankie layer (or cocoon) can be peeled off each other and then spun, felted or knitted in to something new. Knitty has a tutorial on how to use the silk hankies.
The hankies are still fine for spinning/felting/knitting. They just aren't as neat and tidy as they could be due to the extra rinsing and cooking. There may also be some dye in your rinse water the first few times you wash the finished project. The layers trap excess dye particles and rinsing it out any more aggressively may have ruined the fiber. The dye is set. What you'll see in the rinse water is the excess dye rinsing out. I have washed everything in synthrapol which should trap those particles and prevent them from backstaining.
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|Red and orange -- 1 ounces available|
|Red and blue -- 3 oz available|
|Red-orange, yellow, lime green -- 4 oz available|