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« on: November 24, 2004 05:00:50 PM »

has anyone used procion dyes or some other fabric dye to dye white cotton shirts before printing on them? i want to try it but i wanted to try to get some tips first. i can't find nicely colored shirts in the colors i want. my full time job is as a color designer so i am so picky about color. even american apparel dissapoints me. my only recourse.....is to dye them up myself!

any advice would be so appreciated!!
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2005 06:15:38 PM »

hello! I have dyed plenty of fabric. for cotton shirts I would recommend using a fiber reactive dye...any well-stocked art/craft supply store such as Pearl has a nice selection, or you can order from Dharmatrading.com. You need soda ash, non-iodized salt and the dye. I dye my fabric in a rubbermaid bin in my bathtub. You will get a much wider selection of colors than with a Rit dye. Good luck!

« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2005 08:34:35 PM »

Yes ... I have dyed many fabrics and painted using procion dyes with thickener
(sodium alginate)  I mix a small amount of color and use test fabric to see if
it is the right shade or color and mix and match until i get it right.  Always
mark the amounts and proportions of each batch so that I can duplicate the
ones that I like.  Ditto on the Dharma Trading Co.  You can go to their
website and order a catalog online or just order online.
Edit:  When testing dont forget to record the time in the dye bath as well.
Rit is not really a dye ...it is a rinse that coats the fiber.  Procion dyes
have a chemical reaction with the fiber and change the color permantely.
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