2011 Snow Dyeing–Part 1

Today was a beautiful sunshiny day, so I thought I would make it a great day and do some snow dyeing.  I got my fabric ready by soaking in soda ash, then placed it in my dye buckets.

I also got my cups of dye ready ahead of time.   I dumped about a TBS Urea and 2 heaping plastic spoons of dye into a cup of warm water and stirred it up.  I am an “accidental” dyer… I don’t pay much attention to measurements because I love the happy accidents that happen.

Then I went out to fill each bucket with snow.  DAMN!  It was about 5 degrees F!!!  F stands for Fricken cold I think.  (It was so cold today that Steve’s beard froze this morning…the moisture from his breath.  AND he broke one of the cows’ water buckets when he accidently hit it when breaking the ice.  The tub shattered.)  Sorry…. I digressed.

Then I poured 3 colors, a cup each, of dye on top of the snow.  They sat to batch for about 3.5 hours.

When most of the snow was melted (about 3.5 hours) I dumped the snow and dye down the sink and rinsed the fabric in cold water to get most of the excess dye out.

Once rinsed, I  threw them in the washer with Synthrapol and let them wash on regular cycle.  Then I washed with regular laundry detergent and threw them in the dryer for about 20 minutes.  I will iron them tomorrow and take more photos then.

Here is what I have so far:

A silk scarf:

1 yard red/yellow:

1 yard red/blue:

1 yard purple/teal:

1 yard brown:

So….. since the Bears lost (YAY!) the only thing that will make this day better is if the Steelers win!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Freda Henderson
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:04:27

    I love them all Gayle but the red and yellow is my favorite. Hope you are staying warm.


  2. Tammie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:11:19

    Very cool! I love to see what comes out of snow dyeing! But I was rooting for the Bears (in honor of my 3 brothers who are AVID fans). Oh well. It is what it is!


  3. lindasteller
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:20:03

    Very pretty. I like the third one the best, but they all came out nice!


  4. myolivebranch
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:54:10

    this is probably a dumb question, but is the fabric in the middle of the bucket of snow or the bottom? where exactly. i don’t know why i need to know this as i have no intention of doing this. but you know, sometimes you just gotta know stuff just cause. 🙂 ps. my fave is the red/yellow combo.


    • Gayle
      Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:57:44

      Not a dumb question at all, Kay. After the fabric soaks in soda ash water, I wring it out (not real tight) and then kind of “fluff” it…. and lay it in the bottom of the empty bucket. Then fill the bucket with snow on top of the fabric. Then the dye.


  5. Vicki W
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 23:30:52

    Well, then, your day was perfect!


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