Jacquard acid dye
  • I painted linen with thin acid dye, two colors; I did not thicken
    the dye nor did I use vinegar; I'm new at fabric painting!

    I would like to add detail by stenciling fabric paint over the background; how will this work? Do I need to steam the fabric to set the acid dye or should I just begin over again using a thickener?

    Can I save this small project?

    Thank you for any advice!

    L
  • Linen cannot be dyed with acid dye. Acid dye is for protein fibers, such as wool or silk. Linen is a plant-based fiber and should be dyed with the same dyes as cotton. What you need for linen is a fiber reactive dye, such as Procion MX dye or Remazol (Jacquard's Vinyl Sulphon) dye.

    Steaming will not make acid dye bond to linen; that works only when you use the right type of dye for the fiber you have chosen. Vinegar is useful in dyeing protein fibers, but not in dyeing linen, so that won't help. The only good way to save an acid dye design painted on to linen is to never wash it.

    Start a new project, and either use your acid dye to paint on silk, or get some fiber reactive dye to paint your linen.

    -Paula
  • thank you....I guess that piece will go into the experiment bin.