It’s Snow Dyeing Season

When the snow falls I get the itch to do some snow dyeing.  The colors are so vibrant, the patterns fascinating and the result always a surprise.

This year I had two fabrics set aside for dyeing, though I’m sure I could find more in my stash.  This a piece of brown rayon jersey I previously put in vat of spent indigo.  I’m not sure what I did, but it turned out green and streaky but beautifully soft.  Because the fabric had such a nice hand, it was worthy of another “dye job”.  You have to admit, it looks barely salvageable.

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Now, after snow dyeing, I can’t wait to use it for a t-shirt or sweater.

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What are the steps for Snow Dyeing?

  1. Prepare fabric as for any other dyeing project.  In a plastic bin or container, scrunch the dampened fabric.
  2. Add a layer of snow, approximately 2″ high, making sure that all of the fabric is covered.

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3.  After the fabric is covered with snow, begin to sprinkle with dye powder (my choice is Dharma Procion dye).

4. Use a tea or other small strainer to assist in spreading the powder evenly and to avoid clumps which would cause spotting on the fabric.  Spread one color at a time, trying to have spots of dye in similar sizes.  (Note: I use 3 or 4 colors).

5.  Prop up one end of the bin so melted snow will drain away from the fabric.

 

6.  Place the cover on the bin and wait 8-24 hours.  Obviously, more time is better if you want deep colors.

7.  Rinse and final wash the fabric as with any other dyeing project.

8.  Enjoy your creation – or if it’s not to your liking, dye it again.

 

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