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« on: June 06, 2014 10:49:41 AM »

I'd like to try dying or painting my own aida, but I don't know what to use. Watercolors? Acrylics? Rit fabric dye? Any help and guidance is appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014 02:43:27 PM »

Hmmm...I would think fabric/cloth dye would work best. I'm curious now since it is hard sometimes to find the perfect color.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014 04:33:12 PM »

One of the gals on Sprite Stitch showed me this tutorial: http://weelittlestitchescrossstitch.blogspot.com/2011/05/tutorial-how-to-paint-aida-cloth.html?m=1 I'm going to try it this weekend. Apparently you can use fabric dye, but you get more control of the color using the tutorial.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014 11:33:12 AM »

I haven't tried this with aida, but I learned a new technique last year at a fabric decorating workshop I did in the fall.  The instructor took watercolour pencils or crayons, and applied the colour to the fabric in whatever pattern was desired.  Then she took a solution of 1:1 water and fabric paint medium (I use Golden GAC 900) and spritzed it over the work - evenly, lightly, with paper towels to blot if you don't want too much bleeding.  More heavily, over a heavier application of colour if you want more bleeding.  Then iron to set.  It may be an option if you want a painted or water colour effect, or just colour on discrete areas, or blended colours - rather than solid colour.
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