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Old 04-02-2018, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Can you stamp Silk

Stamping fabrics seems pretty interesting to me. It seems easier then screen printing. I'm interested in stamping silk. Does anyone here know much about silk dying and stamping?
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Hello, welcome to Splitcoast!

I’ve stamped on silk in the past - nothing big or wearable, just on scraps. It’s like any fabric, the results you get will depend on how close the weave is etc. Using an ink that’s suitable and won’t “wick” too much is key so you really want a pigment ink. Versacraft is a good fabric all-rounder, you can make it permanent on fabric by ironing with a cool, non-steam iron once it’s dry. Brilliance also works pretty well. Your stamped impression is likely to go through to the back of your piece so you need to have the fabric on something like scrap paper when you stamp and you need to keep the fabric flat and taut. Pre-wash and iron it flat before you start stamping to make sure there’s no dress g in the fabric and no unwanted wrinkles where you want to stamp.

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Years ago when pigment inks were popular and available in beautiful color ranges, I attended a retreat at which we stamped on white silk scarves ... the long narrow ones that are wrapped/tied at neck & shoulders. We carefully heat set with an iron after 24 hours of air dry time. Soft colors looked best in my opinion.
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We have a tutorial on dyeing silk using alcohol inks:

Dyed Silk Scarf Tutorial - Splitcoaststampers
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