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« on: November 04, 2006 09:02:22 AM »

I want to dye a white terry cloth wristband black with a red stripe. I tried this a few times with a regular fabric die however I could not control the bleed that happened as the fabric took the dye. So my red stripe didn't work out. Is there a type of dye or method I could use to create a relatively clean red stripe before or after I dye the rest of the wristband black? I am totally lost here and any help would be awesome.
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006 10:03:07 PM »

This is going to be hard to do with a thick, loopy fabric like terry. However, you can try something like this: Dye the whole thing red howsoever you want. Then buy some resist - there are lots of different resists out there for silk painting, but I've also seen it at Michaels called something else - I can see if I still have a tube of it around here soe - what it does is block dye or paint, it is a sort of gel or liquid depending on the type you get. I'd go with a thicker gel if I were you. Also get a bottle of black dye-na-flow paint. Use the gel resist to block out the red stripe - add it with a brush or whatever, but try to completely saturate the red stripe with the gel. Then use the dye-na-flow to paint the rest of the terry black. I think there will still be some bleeding due to the thickness of the fabric, it is hard for the gel to soak in, and the fabric will also suck up a lot of the paint (which is a very low viscosity paint) and erode the gel. I've done this on light cotton knits, and I needed to add the gel from both sides to get it to soak through enough, and there was still some bleeding, so I'm not sure how well it would work on terry.

Another possibility is to start off with a black terry and either 1) bleach out the red band (black often bleaches to a reddish color, the exact color depends on the dye, it might not bleach, or might turn yellow, you don't know until you test it or 2) paint the red stripe with a thick paint like Neopaque that will block out the black. Adding a thick paint would make it stiffer.

Or buy red and black terry, cut them into strips, and sew your wristband....

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2006 02:56:54 PM »

O.K. I am totally not trying to be snarky but if the end result is more important than the process(creating it yourself) you might be better off purchasing a wristband like you want.
Terrycloth can be difficult to work/dye with and the cost of the materials will probably be more than if you purchased the bands.

However, if it is the process that you are really interested in, ditto to what the PP said Wink


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