Monday, June 25, 2012
Monday Project - Tweaking Ice Dyeing
Wouldn't you know - now that I live in Phoenix and it's 110 outside, I need snow. We lived in Montana for many years off and on and got very tired of the stuff! Well, after noticing that when I used whole ice cubes while ice dyeing, I got large crystalline designs, I wondered if the designs would be smaller with a smaller ice crystal ... so I pulverized the ice in my blender until it looked like snow. It definitely changed the patterns I got. I'm starting to fall in love with this type of dying!
I took a yard of fabric, prepared it in soda ash water (see here for the complete instructions on ice dyeing), stuffed it down into a small container, and piled on pulverized ice. It looked like a giant snow cone! I did everything else the same.
This time I used Procion dyes in forest green, sage green, golden yellow, and rust brown. Parts of the fabric remind me of Yellowstone algae pools - very cool!
I've got my thread and am ready to make some fiber art leaves.
Happy Creating! Deborah