Screenprinting on Cashmere wool
  • I have a screenprinting machine and I would like to make a print on a cashmere sweater, what kind of printing ink should I use?
  • Hello,

    You can print with Textile Color, Lumiere, or Versatex Screen Inks on most fabrics. However, thickened Acid Dye is really the best way to print on wool, especially fine woolen fabrics.

    Below is a recipe for painting with acid dyes note by just adding Sodium Alginate F as a thickener this can be used as a print paste.

    Acid Dyes for Silk Painting :

    Add 8 oz. (1 cup) of very hot water to one .5 oz. Acid Dye Powder. Stir until dissolved. This will yield a very concentrated dye solution. Most colors require further dilution. Note: every color has a different solubility. Some colors are difficult to dissolve such as 605 and 618, but most are easily dissolved. The final concentration of the dye solution for painting should be between 4 and 8%. Start by adding 4 oz. (1/2 cup) of water to the 8 ounces you already have, test the color and continue adding water until desired shade is achieved. Keep in mind that the color intensity really develops in the steam setting process. Most colors will remain stable in solution for a long period of time. However, some colors will fall out of solution upon cooling or from sitting for a matter of weeks. To restore them simply heat them on the stove. A small amount of alcohol (about 1 tablespoon) can be added to the dye solution as a wetting agent.

    This technique is only useful on light colors as acid dyes are transparent. You can discharge or bleach the color in the sweater if it is a dark shade by using our discharge paste. You would then print the acid dye colors ontop of the bleached areas afterwards

    DO A TEST FIRST!!!!

    Celia