Sunday, November 21

Dimensional Fabric Paint for Crochet Projects

School Teacher's "Gallon Friend"
'Melted Chocolate' Coffee Cozy
Dimensional fabric paint, also referred to as 3-D fabric paint, comes in a full rainbow of shiny, glittery, iridescent, and matte colors.

I've found that fabric paint is very useful for certain crochet projects.

With fabric paint you can:
  • Use on slipper soles for traction
  • Reinforce edges (fabric paint is waterproof and more durable than yarn)
  • Replace cross stitching and other surface embellishment
  • Add permanent facial features that won't pose a choking hazard to very young children
  • Add calligraphy-like text and symbols
  • Valentine (Ravelry Project page)
  • Glue yarn ends to secure from view, using a paint that matches the yarn color.
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Sometimes it's simply the best option for embellishing, adding facial details, even text! I love the fine touches embroidery can contribute to crocheted fabric, but some crochet projects need to stand up to hard wear and tear; for example, kitchen items and children's toys.

Crochet stitches themselves are durable, even self-reinforcing! Dimensional fabric paint, which is a machine washable and dryable acrylic polymer, is the only material I've used with crochet that not only holds up as well as crochet, but can even outlast the life of it.

My best advice to you, if you've never tried combining crochet and fabric paint, is to practice, practice, practice on swatches. You have one chance to get it right when applying this paint to crochet!