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Coloring wool blend felt

Beanhi | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I sew little dogs out of a wool blend felt that needs to be colored in some areas. For example the pug has a dark muzzle and the bull terrier has a black circle around its eyes. I’ve been using powdered eye shadow because it blends well but it fades with handling. What is a permanent way to add these details?


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    dayenu | | #1

    before I saw the photos I though you could needle felt some black roving into the area- which still would work before you add the plastic eye.  but i am not sure that's the effect you want. permanent magic marker might work too if drawn and then smudged with a Q-tip.

  2. Josefly | | #2

    "Booties for the Twins" is the name of a posting on this site, where solosmocker posted pics of some paint-embellished booties she made for her grand-twins. If you do an advanced search using "booties", I think you'll find it and the name of the paint she used. It's a very soft-looking effect, and I think she painted on fleece. Check it out. It's post number 6931.1

    Edited 11/12/2007 2:52 pm ET by Josefly

  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    Have you tried non toxic crayons?  Just color on your fabric test sample.  Then smudge a bit.  You use a presscloth and press to make them permanent.  Nontoxic watercolors or colored pencils might work too. 

    There are many ways to color fabric but I hesitate to mention as some could be very toxic if a child was to ingest it. 

    http://www.dharmatradingco.com has many products and technique info.  Hope this helps. 

  4. starzoe | | #4

    Have you used good quality fabric paint? Angel paint is excellent but I do not have a source for you. It lasts forever when ironed after it has dried. There are lots of brands on the market, try Michaels but look for the type that is ironed to be permanent. I have teatowels that I painted on about 20 years ago, now used for rags, but the flowers are not even dimmed.

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    CostumerVal | | #5

    Check out D'UVA paint.  It's a powder form acrylic that is heat set.  You can apply it with a brush, or add a solvent to paint with it.  I personally haven't tried it, but the art doll makers use it to do their doll faces.  I think the website is http://www.duva.com .

  6. solosmocker | | #6

    What I used was something called Sof-Paint that I found at Joanns. I think more critical than the actual paint is the technique. You need to use a dry brush technique, removing nearly all of the paint from the brush before putting it to the object. I have successfully used this with oils, acrylics, and this Sof-Paint. solo

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