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dishwasher182
« on: November 11, 2009 07:45:05 PM »

So i'm having a hell of a time finding nice colored (not baby colors!) thermal knit fabric.  I was wondering if i were to buy white thermal knit fabric, that i could dye it myself?? anyone had any experience dying thermal knit fabric or any good tips/brands for dying fabric.. that would be GREAT!
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2009 06:55:12 AM »

Do a burn test on a tiny swatch of the fabric.
If it is cotton, it will dye well. Follow the directions on your package of rit dye or other common fabric dye.
Burn testing ----> http://www.fabrics.net/fabricsr.asp
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009 06:13:04 PM »

My first suggestion is to avoid using RIT or any other all-purpose dye(dylon has one, too). You will get great results using fiber reactive dye. They can be found at Dharma Trading, Dick Blick, Prochemical and dye, and directly from Jacquards website. If you have a fine arts supply store near you they should also carry it with the Jacquard label.

Fiber reactive dyes are meant for cellulose fibers(cotton, rayon) but also dye other natural protein based fibers(silk) well. Ideally, you want your thermal knit to be 100% cotton. Some may have some lycra for stretch but it won't affect your results. A cotton/poly blend will dye but you will get a lighter, heathered result.

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