Adventures in Snow Dyeing
|Detail - Snow Crab Nebula|
For those that like details on how I did it, check out the rest of the post after the photos. For those who like pretty photos, here you go:
|Yellow and Orange Snow Dyeing|
|Orange - Upper Layer|
|Orange - Lower Layer|
|Red Snow Dye|
Turned into this:
|Red - Upper Layer|
|Red - Lower Layer|
|Purple Snow Dye|
|Purple - Upper Layer|
|Purple - Lower Layer|
|Yellow, Red and Purple Snow Dye|
|Snow Crab Nebula - FAVOURITE! - Upper Layer|
|Rorschadt test anyone? - Lower Layer|
Snow Dyeing Details:
I soaked my 100% prepared for dyeing (PFD) cotton fabric (although there was a couple of pieces of regular muslin thrown in too) in a 1 gallon hot water, 1/2 cup soda ash, 1/2 cup salt solution for a couple of hours.
I wrung out the fabric and placed one fat quarter-ish sized piece in the bottom of a plastic container, then I put another piece of fabric in a plastic strawberry or blueberry container (with holes at the bottom for the melted dye to leak through) on top of the first container of fabric. I did five sets of these doubled up containers.
Next, wearing my mask, I mixed 1 tsp of dye powder with about 2 cups of snow (a large yogurt tub-full) so that the snow was a bright colour. I used Procion MX Golden Yellow 104, Strongest Red 312N and Mixing Blue 402C for the dyes. I did yellow, orange (1/2 tsp yellow and 1/2 tsp red), red, and purple (1/2 tsp red and 1/2 tsp blue) containers. Then I did one container with yellow in the middle, red around the yellow and purple around the red.
I left the containers in my garage until the snow melted (about 18 hours) and then moved the containers indoors to get to room temperature (about 3 hours). While I waited for the snow to melt, I periodically poked any white bits of fabric back that I could see back under the snow or into the dye.
When the batching was done, I soaked the fabric in blue Dawn dish detergent and water, as per Jane Dunnewold's recommendation, and rinsed the fabric until no more dye came out. Then I ran it through my washing machine's rinse cycle. I dried it, ironed it, and then accosted pretty much anyone who came to my house to show them the pretty fabric. :D
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