Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Isn't this GORGEOUS? It's from the Open Friday Workshop, last week, when we did Ice Dyeing. I just love this look. I love it in fiber, paint and watercolor. To me it looks so organic. Please don't ask me what I'm going to do with it, right now I'm just stroking the fabric and humming to myself.
I put a few pictures of the rest of the fabric in an album.  If you are interested you can wander over to it and take a look.

We went through 60 pounds of crushed ice. The process is rather easy but you have to be very careful when working with the loose dye powder. We soaked the dye prepared fabric in soda ash then manipulated our pieces and loosely made a layer with one piece, then covered it with a layer of ice. You sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of powdered dye on top, choose how many colors you want to use and then put on another layer of wet, manipulated fabric, ice and dye. You have to let it sit for 14 hours without peeking which is really hard to do, trust me.
I found those white plastic tubs with lids at the Home Improvement store, in the paint section.  They were perfect.  Everyone could take home their bucket without it spilling in the car. We used the large orange HI buckets for the soda ash soaking. 
Note to self:  Do not dye anything wearing flip flops. sigh.........


1 comment:

  1. This process was just written up in my latest Quilting Arts. This is so sweet. I had planned on experimenting with Snow Dyes ...but this past winter we did not have any snow! They look like they are going to a sweet project! No you really do need to wear good shoes with support...your legs will ache if you forget. Blessings Bea! Peace, Mary helen