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    Question Dye your own aida cloth

    I was curious to know whether anyone has tried to dye aida cloth. Is it worth the time and effort? How did you do it and what was the end result?

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    I did a grey and black from white. I need to put a dragon on it. I love it. It was fun; I did with my youngest son. I will do more. If anyone else has done dye work please share how you did it. I used Dylon.
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    I dyed some white aida bright yellow - I needed it for a project and couldn't find any. It turned out beautiful - I wish I'd taken a picture before I gave it to my daughters teacher. I used Rit dye, followed the directions on the package. I almost took it out 5 minutes early - and should have. I was afraid of too much of the color rinsing out, but it still turned out very nice.
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    I dyed white aida blue, a darker blue than I needed. So I soaked into some water with bleach. It turned out a yellowish ligth blue but I´m happy with the results!

    And I remember dying white aida black and it turned out into a not so vibrant colour.

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    I dyed some yellow aida with orange Kool Ade. I just splotched it on and let it sit and spread out some, then pressed it dry with my iron....be sure to cover it with something that you don't mind having orange on because you don't want it on your iron or ironing board cover ...I thought it turned out great for Halloween ornaments..
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    I dyed some white aida blue, and did it with crafters paint. Since it was a bigger piece, the fabric was bunched a little and gave off a slight marbling effect. It looks great and the xmas angel I am doing on it now is coming out quite nicely. You can see it in my gallery as a WIP. I can get crafters paint at the local dollar store, and it works wonderfully.

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    Great Gallery and your Christmas Angel is stunning..
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    Thank you Beaj, I haven't had much time for working on her lately. I'm getting ready to move, and been working more on christmas gifts and the angel quilt sqare, trying to get most of it done. I'm beginning to think only a crazy person moves this close to christmas........LOL

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    I agree...your angel is looking beautiful!

    I've experimented with different kinds of dyes...I love using tea...it's so easy. Just bunch up your fabric, let it sit in brewed tea for a spell, rinse and iron dry. I've also done the Kool-Aid, which was fun. And sometimes, while preparing vegetables, fruits, etc. I've saved the juice and used that. Beet juice was awesome... blueberry juice turns the fabric a lovely purple. Just experiment and have fun.
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    thanks wilma

    i've also heard that crystal light drink mix is good for dying to as well......and also read about coffee, and for that marbling effect, spread some used coffee grounds around the fabric, in different spots. I want to find a way to dye fabric and get that irridescent (sp) effect, shiny fabric....but not sure how to go about that.....any ideas would be appreciated, i would love to have my fabric sparkle.......on the angel i think i am going to lightly brush some glitter paint in spots before i frame it.

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    Your insight is greatly appreciated, thanks to everyone. Sounds like the end results were possitive. Keep the ideas and advice coming. It's wonderful we can all learn from each other.

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    avoid dyeing black aida! I have tried it 3 times and it never dyes pure black, it is more of a dark grey.....didn't like it at all, waste of money.

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    Dye your own aida cloth

    It's true that choosing a cross stitch or needlework fabric can be a hard task with the variety of choices out there.

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    I'm always dying fabric, aida & linens. From bright and exciting to antiqued and splotchy...it is lots of fun.

    I've used commercial fabric dye and tea & coffee. It's all good. You can see some of my results on my blog, click here. There are also posts with instructions on how I did them.

    Be brave and try it yourself!

    I do agree with some of the others...I've never had good results dyeing black or navy blue. You really need a dark base fabric to start with.
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    My favourite method of dying for both Linen and aida fabric is fruit tea bags the current packet I am using is cranberry and raspberry. normal tea does a dfawn with a pink tinge and coffe also makes a good dye and set the colour with a very warm iron it has not faded.
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    I think I'm brave enough!

    Daffy, I just went to your wonderful blog. I'm going to give fabric dying a go. Thank you for pictures on your blog for going thru the steps. I was skeptical at first but now I feel brave. Thank you. I'll post later and tell you how it goes.

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