Thursday, January 17, 2013

Snow, Ice......and a little Dye

There is no snow around here right now, but I did manage to run and scoop some right before our January thaw. This was an experiment and I am pleased with the results.  I have seen web pages on snow dyeing, once tried using ice cubes....but this time I wanted to combine the two.

I started with fabric that had been soaked in soda ash, I placed it, scrunched in a plastic dish pan


added a couple of inches of snow


poured some premixed dye  (this was leftover stuff that had been sitting around for about 10 days) I wasn't certain it would work, but did not want to pour it down the drain either.


next, I layered a bunch of ice cubes on top of the dye soaked snow. On to those cubes, I sprinkled some dye powder straight from the package.


 It looked so cool as the cubes began to melt




melting

 this is what it looked like after 24 hours and I was ready to do the wash out



 The final results


I will definitely be trying this again.....but.....don't really want it to snow.......maybe I'll just go to the local arena and see what the Zamboni left for me

I am linking this to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Fridays



14 comments:

MooseStash Quilting said...

I love snow dyeing, and we haven't had enough snow to do anything. Not that I am complaining, until of course we have no water this summer... But that Zamboni idea, I think your on to something!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Beautiful results. I have been wanting to try snow dying lately, I've never done it. And we have plenty of snow around here. I even have dye concentrate sitting in the fridge...which might be 6+ months old by now. LOL!

Nic said...

Pretty. I'd love to try it one day, but we don't get much snow

Carrie P. said...

very interesting!

Clare Wassermann said...

Aha we are having a big dump of snow today...now where's my soda?....

landscapelady said...

So cool! I'll take a yard of each - lol!

Robbie said...

So much fun isn't it! Results are really nice!! I've used crushed ice which works well too...no snow here in Florida!

Joanne said...

The results are fabulous!

Marianne Bos said...

I LOVE doing ice dyeing but I elevate my fabric on a cake rake so that it doesn't sit in the dye as it cures. This gives it a different texture

helen-mary said...

Wow that's pretty!

Createology said...

Now this is a good use for uber cold snow and ice. Lovely results. You always amaze me with your "what-ifs". Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Nina Marie said...

yeah know - living on Lake Erie you'd think I would have already tried this - now seeing yours - I really need to get after it!

ruthiequilts said...

Awesome technique!!! It would be fun to use for sashing on my 60's bitty blocks!!! LOL!

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