A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Join us for fun, contests and discussions on Craftster's Facebook page!
Total Members: 300,911
Currently Running With Scissors:
359 Guests and 4 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: has anyone ever dyed x-stitch canvas?  (Read 607 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
beelisty
bitchin' stitcher
Offline Offline

Posts: 361
Joined: 24-Jul-2004

* <3 *


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« on: February 17, 2009 01:21:23 PM »

i haven't had a ton of luck finding colorful x-stitch canvas in colors i would want for certain projects... i'm wondering if anyone has ever tried to dye their own Aida?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I make my portrait patterns using PC Stitch.

let me listen to me & not to them.--gertrude stein

gallery: http://www.beelisty.com
blog: http://beelisty.wodpress.com
group blog: http://queercraft.wordpress.com
shop: http://epeolatry.etsy.com
kittykill
Global Moderator
Guest Blogger
Needlework Moderator
Occasions and Holidays Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 31272
Joined: 25-Sep-2004

I got 99 problems, but a stitch ain't one.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009 09:01:10 AM »

I was thinking about that too. There aren't too many cool colors out there. My only concern would be that the dye would run on to the floss when you are stitching. Hmmm, maybe I'll grab my scraps and try it out.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

My Blog!
My pinterest
Proud member of SEEN: the Society of Ernestly Embroidering Nerds
lisalady161
Domestic Goddess & Closet Anarchist
Offline Offline

Posts: 1190
Joined: 15-Sep-2008

...it's beautiful, and so are you...


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009 09:44:16 AM »

I dyed a broadcloth cotton once before for regular embroidery before and didn't have trouble with the color bleeding. 

I used RIT dye  and did an extra cold-water wash on the fabric before I started stitching. I was doing a birth sampler for a baby boy and wanted a light blue water-color look to the fabric. I mostly used darker threads, too.  This was a while ago (the boy is now a Junior in High School), but I liked the way it turned out!

I've worked with Aida cloth for only a few projects...there are many out there that are washable, right?

I agree with Kitty...try some scraps first!
« Last Edit: February 18, 2009 09:44:56 AM by lisalady161 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

'First your pants, then your shoes' - Gary Larson, The Far Side
beelisty
bitchin' stitcher
Offline Offline

Posts: 361
Joined: 24-Jul-2004

* <3 *


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009 11:18:46 AM »

kittykill, good idea on the test run... if you do it, let me know.

lisalady, thanks for the info!

i don't really want to do too much of a test because i have to find a washing machine that i can dye in if i decide to do this.  i have shared laundry facilities in my apt. building and probably shouldn't dye in it-- but i have friends who have said i can dye at their houses as long as i run a few cycles to clean out their machines after... so it's gonna be a bit of a time commitment for me if i do this. 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I make my portrait patterns using PC Stitch.

let me listen to me & not to them.--gertrude stein

gallery: http://www.beelisty.com
blog: http://beelisty.wodpress.com
group blog: http://queercraft.wordpress.com
shop: http://epeolatry.etsy.com
leika
Queen of Profanity
Offline Offline

Posts: 293
Joined: 20-Nov-2007

F@#$!!!!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2009 07:59:35 PM »

I think you can try using vinegar or salt in the rinse to try and set the color better. But you don't need to worry about repeated washing, luckily, since I can't conceive of a situation in which one would be frequently washing a cross stitch project!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
mstelena
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009 08:42:40 AM »

I've not dyed cross-stitch fabric... but I have dyed yarn, other fabrics, rope, and a bunch of other things.

I've never used a washing machine to do it.  I've always done it on the stove in a huge pot (or in a big bucket).  Once dyed and rinsed a few times, then I'll wash it in the machine.

Tips I'd suggest: (some you've probably thought of already)
Hem the edges in some way to keep from raveling.

Prewash everything (and depending, you might want to use synthropol or something to get the fibers ready for dye).
Don't use any fabric softeners before dying.
Damp fabric tends to absorb dye more evenly.

Know the dye... RIT is different from procion... etc... follow the instructions.  The dharma trading company (www.dharmatrading.com) has a lot of dying info on their site (and as a 'coincidence' they sell dye LOL)  Match the type of dye to your fabric content.

Expect the unexpected: not everything you buy is accurately labeled.  I once got '100% nylon' rope to dye.  It was not.  The nylon accepted the dye, the other fibers did not.  Believe it or not, I've had some '100% cotton' do the same thing.  I'm hoping cross stitch fabrics are all cotton (or however they are labeled).

I'm kindof curious... now I want to go out and get some dye and more fabric. (like I need more fabric... I have been trying to reduce my stash!)
AND I have been thinking about doing some 'gathering' for natural dyes (barks, leaves, etc).

« Last Edit: March 05, 2009 08:45:07 AM by mstelena » THIS ROCKS   Logged
beelisty
bitchin' stitcher
Offline Offline

Posts: 361
Joined: 24-Jul-2004

* <3 *


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2009 11:59:03 AM »

thank you for all the rad tips!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I make my portrait patterns using PC Stitch.

let me listen to me & not to them.--gertrude stein

gallery: http://www.beelisty.com
blog: http://beelisty.wodpress.com
group blog: http://queercraft.wordpress.com
shop: http://epeolatry.etsy.com
wildanimus
Offline Offline

Posts: 253
Joined: 11-Jun-2007

Poking myself with needles.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2009 09:41:45 PM »

I actually dye my own xstitch fabric on a regular basis and love it! 

I've never dyed Aida fabric.  I like to dye the Evenweave 100% cotton fabric I get at the craft store, just because I prefer to use that fabric over others (Aida always seems too stiff).

I've used both Jacquard and Rit dyes, and to be honest, I like the Rit better (and it's way cheaper).  I've never had a problem with bleeding.

As mstelena mentioned, yes, hem the edges if you can.  You will end up with so much fraying if you don't. 

And here's the biggest tip I've learned:  ALWAYS dissolve the dye in water before adding the dye to the water, or else you run the risk of not fully dissolving the dye in the water bath and you'll end up with dark spots all over your fabric.  I have one of those Magic Bullets and I dissolve the dye in a cup or two of water and then blend the heck out of it. 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Lovely bags, clutches, and home decor!
http://wildanimus.etsy.com

My Flickr!
http://www.flickr.com/wildanimus
beelisty
bitchin' stitcher
Offline Offline

Posts: 361
Joined: 24-Jul-2004

* <3 *


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2009 12:18:06 PM »

awesome-- thank you!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I make my portrait patterns using PC Stitch.

let me listen to me & not to them.--gertrude stein

gallery: http://www.beelisty.com
blog: http://beelisty.wodpress.com
group blog: http://queercraft.wordpress.com
shop: http://epeolatry.etsy.com
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Why Not To Do It in Backgammon
End Game in Backgammon
Middle Strategy Tips in Backgammon
Starting Rolls in Backgammon
End Game in Backgammon
Latest Blog Articles
Handmade Gift Ideas: Wooden Chain
Handmade Gift Ideas: Upcycled Car Trash Bag
Tute Tuesday: Honkin' Big Beach Ball Snowman

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.