A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Does your gift list have you stumped? Can never figure out what to make for Great Aunt Felma?  Each day through December 24, we are featuring a fabulous gift tutorial!  Check out the 2017 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide for (free!) recipes, patterns and more.
Total Members: 319,834
Currently Running With Scissors:
185 Guests and 3 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: dye your own fabric prior to printing?  (Read 1446 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
« 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.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2005 11:56:10 PM by soapstar » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Mini Heart Pinata
Oh, deer!
@Home This Weekend: Stylish Jacket For Your Pooch

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

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 ©2003-2017, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.