D.I.Y Glow-in-the-dark Yarn Experiment

By Tina Marie Doucet and Dany Doucet

Glow Mediums

  • Mod Podge Glow – Clear
  • Tulip soft – Natural
  • Scribbles – Natural
  • Deco Art Glow Medium

Yarn Tested (order in photo)

  • 1 Bernat Super Value – White
  • 2 Red Heart Super Saver – White
  • 3 Style Craft – White
  • 4 Caron Simply Soft Party – White

Details

  • 1 tsp glow medium
  • 4 yards yarn: 1 yard of each brand yarn and dampened.
  • Allow to dry fully for 24 hrs or as needed with larger amounts.

Our thoughts of Glow Mediums

Deco Art (2floz, $7.43cad)

  • A paint and fabric medium the bottle states that it’s washable.
  • We found right away the Deco Art to glow with minimal light charging.
  • Although once dry the deco art changed the color of the yarn, slightly to a yellow.
  • 20 min charge with cfl lamp: glowed but was not overly strong. Stayed charged.
  • 1 min charge with UV light: glowed brighter. Brightness faded after 15 mins, though lasted the longest.

Scribbles (1floz, $3.91cad)

  • We thought this to be the least activated of the 4 with very little natural light glow.
  • No color change of yarns.
  • 20 min charge with cfl lamp: really did not charge. No glow.
  • 1 min charge with UV light: charged nicely. Didn’t last more than 5 mins.

Tulip Soft (2floz, $7.49cad)

  • Very little natural light glow.
  • Did not change color of yarns minimal natural light glow.
  • States to use uv light to activate
  • 20 min charge with cfl lamp: minimal charging glow.
  • 1 min charge with UV light: glows bright. Brightness lasted about 5 mins before fading.

Mod Podge (8floz, $14.55cad)

Even though mod podge is a glue, we thought it would be an added benefit to test as well.

  • Did change the color of the yarn to a pale yellow.
  • Would not recommend for projects that are to be washed, due to it being waterbased.
  • 20 min charge with cfl lamp: had a min glow barely showed in camera.
  • 1 min charge with UV light: glowed nicely for about 10 min before fading.

Texture

All yarns seem to be stiff but would be manageable to work with, but would soften as being worked.

Final thoughts

As a final thought, we found Deco Art to be a favorite glow medium.

As part of the ITR team, we shall revisit at a later date with more yarns and results of washing.