Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Snow Dyeing

Before the snow melts away, I thought I would try snow dyeing. I've seen snow dyed fabric for sale, seen tutorials on the internet and decided to give it a try.

First I prepped my fabric and scrunched it up in the container. Boring picture, white fabric in white picture is boring, too, it has white snow on white fabric, in a white dishpan :)

I mixed up blue and red dyes and poured them over the snow. I poured the blue in one direction and the red in the other, making a crosshatch...why? because it looked nice for a while.

Then it was a waiting game. Wait and wait and wait for the snow to melt.

It was the next morning before the snow was melted away.

I took out the fabric, rinsed until the water ran clear, washed the fabric with some dye fixing stuff (can't remember which I used), and then dried it...and took these pictures out on the snow:

My conclusion? It is a pretty piece of fabric, but I'd rather do regular Low Water Immersion Dyeing as it gives similar results in much less time. I'm impatient and didn't like waiting for the snow to melt. The difference in the end product is not great enough for me to continue to snow dye (plus it is looking like spring is on it's way!!!!).


Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Interesting! I have no desire, at this point at least, to dye cloth, but if I do I now know who to come to for help!

sophie said...

I can't believe I didn't think about trying this after Dallas' record-breaking 12" snow last month . . . until AFTER it had all melted. Your fabric may not be that different than what you can achieve with low water immersion dyeing, but it still is awfully nice ;-)