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Want to make some cool fabric? It's as easy as just adding snow and fiber reactive dyes to material.

Supplies

Here are the supplies needed to complete this project:

• natural fiber material – I used cheap muslin and canvas
• Dharma Textile Detergent or Synthrapol
• bucket for soda ash water
• soda ash
• cup and teaspoon – only used for crafts
• dust mask, goggles, gloves
• rubber bands
• containers to dye material in (plastic shoe boxes, kitty litter boxes, etc.)
• Procion MX dyes
• snow
• bucket for snow and scoop or your hands
• plastic bags to cover dyed containers
• towels to clean up
• warm area to leave dyed material containers overnight
 
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Step 1: Cut and wash fabric

To get started cut fabric into yard-sized pieces. Since I only bought a yard of canvas I cut it into two half-yards pieces.

After the fabric is cut, it needs to be washed in hot water with Dharma Textile Detergent or Synthrapol to remove any sizing, oil, or dirt.

If planning on dyeing right away, you can proceed to the next step. However, if you plan to dye another day, go ahead and dry the fabric.  Now the fabric will be ready for the next step.

Step 2: Mix up soda ash water

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Mix one cup of soda ash per one gallon of hot water. (Soda ash is necessary to bind dyes to the fiber.)

This stuff is kind of nasty, so wear gloves, goggles, and a dust mask.

Step 3: Add fabric to soda ash water

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After the soda ash is mixed with the water, add fabric and soak for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4: Prepare dyeing pans and surface

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While the fabric is soaking, it’s a good time to get all of the dyeing pans lined up.

Cover dyeing area. I used a cheap vinyl tablecloth covered with a towel.

This is a good surface for folding material before it’s placed in the container. Folding is not necessary, but creates interesting patterns on the fabric.
Nice! I enjoyed your blog as well. The ice dying looks fantastic.
Stringstretcher, So glad you like my blog. Thanks. Lynda
I LOVE, LOVE that pink one. It's just screaming to made into something cool
Bloombakecreate (author)  straycatmeow2 years ago
Straycatmeow,

Thanks. I've not yet made anything with them. Thanks for commenting. Lynda
Attmos2 years ago
very cool. so the snow melt kinda makes the dying patern random? i like it.
Bloombakecreate (author)  Attmos2 years ago
Attmos, That is what is so neat about this technique. You never know what the fabric will look like - like opening up a present every time. Thanks for commenting.
ToniRose2 years ago
Gorgeous! The last one reminds me of prickly pear cactus. (No snow in Austin, TX, but I'll hit up my local raspa guy this summer.)
Bloombakecreate (author)  ToniRose2 years ago
Toni,
Thanks for your comment. Prickly pear cactus huh? Never thought of that but it does kind of look like that.

Lynda
Beautiful! I love that effect!
Thanks!
sunshiine2 years ago
So beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading your blog! Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
Bloombakecreate (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
sunshiine,

Thank you! And thanks for dropping by my blog. Lynda