SNOW FUN!

This December finds us with 10″ of snow. Might as well spend some time snow dyeing some fabric!!

Pre dye fabrics

Fabrics and snow- ready to begin.

Dye colors

Procion Dyes-yellow, turquoise, red, orange, turquoise, red, black, fuchsia

Snow added

Snow packed on top of fabrics which are bleeding a bit.

Layers of dye-blue,yellow

Layer of yellow then blue or turquoise dye sprinkled. I’m looking to create shades of greens and browns.

Layers of dye-black, orange

More layers, black and a splash of orange.

Snow Melted first time.

Snow melted – new colors

First Snow Dye results

Kept these and put the others back in for another snow-dye bath. I like the muted soft colors. Dark one is purple. First one started out solid yellow.

Spools to settle

I used spools in bottoms of the containers to allow the melted snow to stay below the fabric so the fabric doesn’t soak in the mixed dyes. Marbles, ping pong balls, a grid -anything that would hold the fabric up away from the liquid would do the trick. This time I soaked the fabric in a bath of soda ash and water first. The soda ash will help the dye adhere to the fabric for more intense colors.

9Dye added-reduced

Snow and dye added again – dyes should soak through the fabric and meld as they soak into neighboring areas, but retain some of their own color in other areas.. Melt, melt, melt! That’s always the plea throughout the winter, right? Notice, I remembered to put down a protective plastic cover this time. I always work inside of a large plastic crate so that my spills and overflows are contained there – except for the sleeves of my shirt which seem to drag through the dye and then drip down my arms. I wear a mask when working with the soda ash and dyes so that I don’t breathe in the fine powders.

Overdyes

These are the results of the overdyeing. I love the cloudy sky, but it may work for something else too. The other subdued colors are just what I was hoping for. Now…. let’s get to work!

About muniqueblog

Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create textile art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, North Carolina; Emerald Art Center, Springfield Oregon; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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6 Responses to SNOW FUN!

  1. muniqueblog says:

    You could go into business selling snow-dyed fabrics with all the snow you have!

    Like

  2. Dee Ann says:

    You continue to amaze…beautiful!

    Like

  3. Anonymous says:

    You continue to amaze…beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. aimolde2013 says:

    This is so creative! Way to make the most of the snow!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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