So many times we are looking for the perfect color of fabric only to come up short. Instead of screaming defeat, why not dye your own. Dyeing cross stitch fabric is very easy and can be done in your kitchen. You do not even need to buy special dye in some cases. You can use items from your home, or purchase products designed for dyeing fabric. Experiment with different methods for creating unique fabrics for stitching. Below is a small sampling of how to dye your cross stitch fabric.
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Acrylic paint is a great medium for fabric. You can use it directly from the tube, dilute it, or incorporate an additional additive that will allow you to heat set the paint. There are even glow in the dark acrylic paints. Using acrylic paints allow for a quick and easy clean up. There are so many colors to choose from, including metallics that you can have any color of the spectrum.
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Bleach (Works on Colored Fabrics)
Taking a careful approach, bleach may be used to remove the color from fabric. You should do spot tests first because some fabrics have interesting under colors. Make sure that you use this method over a sink or washbasin and be careful with your clothes when trying this method. It is a great way to get a marbling effect.
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One of the easiest ways to dye fabric is with coffee grounds. Change the color of your cross stitch fabric with left-over coffee or used coffee grounds. Soaking the fabric in diluted coffee will produce an all-over color change while scattering grounds on the fabric produce a marbled effect.
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Grab the kids' crayons and color on your fabric. This may be one of the easiest and most fun ways to tint fabric. You will want to start with light coloring. If you go heavy you will have a waxy build-up. This is the perfect way to achieve fun out of the ordinary colors.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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If you decide to marble fabric, you will want to do more than one piece at a time. Setting up the marbling solution is time-consuming.
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Use stamps to create a unique background or use the stamps as a pattern for stitching a design. This is a fun way to add a little dimension to your fabric. You can stamp and stitch around it or use it as a unique background.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Tea dyed fabric smells so good. Use different types of teas to produce different colors. Tea dyeing produces a much more dramatic effect than coffee dyeing. You can use various types of tea for various colors. Green teas will produce the lightest colors while certain herbal teas will produce reds, purples, and blues.
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How many t-shirts did you tie-dye when you were younger? Apply the technique to cross stitch fabric for a cool effect.
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