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Dec. 9th, 2010

OK, this is not so much a knitting question as a question about how to find an item related to the thing I'm knitting, but here goes: does anyone know a source (on or offline) for black fiberfill for knitted pillows? I'm knitting this awesome pink-and-black star pillow for my couch, and halfway through I realized that even though I'm knitting it very densely, some of the white guts are bound to show through, especially at the puffiest part in the middle, and at the intarsia gaps. I can't find it anywhere online, which is weird because I would think this would be a very lucrative market.

Alternatively, is it possible to dye fiberfill and what kind of dye do you use?

Just so this isn't a knitting-free post, here is one of my latest projects.


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Dec. 10th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
awww, your kitty is adorable!

Good job on the sweater!
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I've never seen fiberfill in any color other than white, because it's usually used only in things where you couldn't see it - because if you can see it, the fiberfill can and will start working its way out through the gaps.

If your pillow is square or round, I'd suggest buying or making a pillow form. If you have fiberfill already around the house, it would be very easy to make a pillow form yourself out of black fabric. Just take two pieces of black fabric cut the same size as your pillow and sew them together with the right sides facing, leaving a gap a few inches wide. Turn it right-side-out, stuff it with fiberfill, and sew it closed. Put this inside your knitted pillow when it's finished and you'll never have to worry about its guts coming out!

If you don't want to make it, pillow forms are frequently sold in craft stores and fabric stores, and I think they come in black.
Dec. 10th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
this! :)
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
It's shaped like a star, so I don't think I'll be able to find a pre-made pillow. But I think I'll make a liner! I'm a crappy seamstress but the crooked seam will be where nobody can see it. :)
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Maybe try putting in a black liner?

Also- I LOVE YOUR ICON. <3 "Parp?!"
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Ooops. She posted faster than me. :D
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
I don't know about fiberfill, but maybe you can find a black pillow form? Or possibly even a white pillow form would work ok because it won't actually come up through the knitted fabric because it isn't loose like fiberfill. It certainly wouldn't be as lumpy, either. Of course, depending on the dimensions of the pillow, such a pillow form may or may not exist.
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
It isn't too hard to make something like that though. She could even add a zipper, in case the fiberfill gets squished and she needs to add more.
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Great ideas, I didn't think of that until I saw the comment above mine.
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
lol I didn't even register that comment. I'm hopped up on decongestants, so I'm loopy. XD You should see me go into hypnosis mode when I wave my hand in front of my face. Darnit. I just spent like 30 seconds staring at my hand. The pillow form from scratch is something my mom has done when she's made me pillows to go with my decor. Great minds think alike and all that.:)
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm going to sew a liner, I found some black quilting fabric online that will work. It's more work than I wanted to put into this project but our couch is really, really boring. :)
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
I have no fiberfill suggestions, but I just knitted a cat sweater a few weeks ago that was basically that same shade of hot pink. My cats were not nearly as compliant as yours appears. So cute.
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
She looks okay in this pic, but that's after a few hours of the sweater being on. Most of the time she had it on she pretended like it was a suit of armor and forgot how to walk. Just lolled around wherever we stuck her. :P
Dec. 10th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
I've seen black quilt batting for sale...someplace. Damned if I can remember where.
Dec. 10th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I am of no help at all.
I am only here to say ICON LOVE and OMG KICKASS ONE EYED KITTY IN A SWEATER!!!!!!!! I am SO knitting sweaters for my cats. That is all.
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I used this pattern: Cats love sweaters. It's a little small in the arms as written, so you might want to adjust for that.
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Fiberfill is polyester so it won't dye very easily. You could stuff the pillow with black wool (or wool dyed black with acid dye). You can find cotton batting, and that will also dye to black with fiber-active dye.

When I was a kid my mom used to stuff pillows with old pantyhose. Those are easy to find in black. This makes a really dense pillow, great for bonking my younger brother in the head.

Depending on the shape, you might be able to use black polar fleece cut to fit or cut into small pieces and stuffed in the pillow.
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
One-eyed kitty is AWESOME, holy crap. I'm allergic to cats, but if I had one that looked that badass in a hand-knit pink sweater, I'd just go ahead and deal with it and sneeze while I admire it all day long.
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! She is really awesome.
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Can I ask how she lost her eye? My family rescued a kitty once who we think got hit by a lawnmower -- we had to cut off her tail and several of the pads on her paw on her back legs fell off, but she lived a damn long time after :x
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
We adopted her one-eyed; the shelter said that she had an infection made worse when she rubbed her face against the cage door. The house she was taken from was also really unsanitary. We think she might be the product of a backyard breeder, because she looks part Cornish Rex... but there's really no way to tell for sure. It's really sad, she spent half a year at that shelter because nobody wanted a one-eyed cat. :(

That's really great about your family, not a lot of people would do that. :)
Dec. 11th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)

and i love yours, aww :(
Dec. 14th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Not helpful in the least but,
I love your kitty. One-eyed cats are magical.
Dec. 15th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Your kitty is gorgeous! If I tried to get my cats to wear a sweater I think I'd be the one to end up missing an eye... ;-)
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