I don’t have photos ready yet but I am surely dyeing lots of fabric. With each batch I’m dyeing 5 1-yard pieces and one 100” square quilt back (or front). The second batch is in the washer, the third batch is ready to be rinsed out as soon as I am done with this post and the 4th batch (possibly the last) is ready for snow and dye.
One of the things I dislike about snow dyeing is that I don’t do it often enough to remember what I learned the last time so I learn everything over and over again, like Groundhog Day.
Maybe these notes will help me the next time but I doubt I’ll take the time to look the up. I probably have these same notes in 3 other posts from years past.
Soda Soaking: The fabric has to be soaked in a soda ash solution before dyeing. Generally I immerse the fabric in the soda solution, wring it out and then fold it into shape and let it sit to dry some. What I’ve learned is that I prefer to fold the fabric into shape first and then soda soak it. After it soaks about an hour I drain it overnight before applying the snow and ice.
Powder vs. concentrate: I prefer dye concentrate just because it’s not as messy but I like the blending effect of the powders. When using powder I like to cover the fabric with a thin layer of snow, sprinkle the powder and then cover with more snow. When using concentrate I prefer to pile on all the snow and put the dye concentrate on top.
Here are some in process photos just because a post needs photos.
This one is all concentrate on top of the snow. There are several pieces under there.
This is a big quilt back and uses all liquid concentrate.
This is another quilt back. There’s powder on a thin layer of snow and then liquid on the top layer.
I wanted to dye some folded pieces with the fabric arrange on the side instead of flat. I came up with this rig to create a chimney to hold the fabric and snow.
The fabrics are held upright with snow. I used powder and concentrate in this one and am anxious to see how they turned out. If they look good I’m going to do a quilt back in here next.
Now I’m off to rinse out the next batch and dye the last batch. At some point I need to get back to my regularly scheduled “to do” list.