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Unread 04-01-2014, 06:57 AM   #1
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I've never actually worked with fabric dye until I recently added stripes to a shirt I was making. I finished adding the stripes, but after I waited a day to try on the shirt, the dyed parts looked great, but felt rough and stiff. I love the look, but I was thinking about redoing it on new shirt because it feels kinda uncomfortable.

So, I was wondering if there was a fabric dye out there that didn't leave the fabric feeling stiff? If you guys had any expert experience working with fabric dye, it would be greatly appreciated!
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Unread 04-01-2014, 07:52 AM   #2
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Are you sure you mean dye and not paint? Paint does change the texture, dye does not usually do that (and is a LOT harder to get a stripe. Dye is generally for all over color).

Washing will soften it some, but no, painted fabrics will always retain some textural difference.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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Yeah, sorry I meant paint. I might try out dye, if it's not impossible lol
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Unread 04-01-2014, 08:38 AM   #4
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What kind of paint and what kind of fabric?

There are some inexpensive fabric paints out there that stay very soft after painting and treating according to the directions. I don't have a lot of experience with using them on different fabrics, though.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 01:46 PM   #5
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Just a regular cotton shirt. The fabric paint I used was tulip matte dimensional fabric paint
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Unread 04-01-2014, 10:26 PM   #6
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The paint you chose was a huge part of the stiffness. "Dimensional paint" is puffy paint. That is meant to be REALLY thick and stiff.

Fabric paint is going to introduce some stiffness, but other paints are way less stiff and scratchy than trying to paint on puffy paint with a brush. I use either DecoArt SoSoft fabric paint, or one of the Jacquard paints: Neopaque, Textile Color, Lumiere, or Dye-na-Flow (which is really a paint).

And yes, paint and dye are two completely different things.
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Unread 04-02-2014, 02:48 AM   #7
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Thank you guys so much! I'll try again and hopefully my second attempt at fabric painting won't be so bad.
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