A Fiberartsy.com Tutorial
I’ve been wanting to try snow dyeing for a while but totally forgot about it until a friend posted something on Facebook. Well, since we still have a boatload of snow out there, why not try it now?
This is my first attempt at snow dyeing but I do know a few things: First off, you have to use fiber reactive dyes. Acid dye will not work because it needs heat to set. Also, fiber reactive dyes require soda ash as a fixative. The rest seems to be up to the dyer. Some like to lay their fiber or tshirt on a screen to catch the liquid as the snow melts, others just pile it all in a pan.
Step 1: Supplies:
-Large pot or roasting pan*
-Fiber Reactive Dyes*
-Soda Ash (available at art supply stores)
Always use a dust mask when mixing dye powder. Never dye anything in your kitchen pots and pans, unless you are dyeing with kool aid or food coloring.
Step 2: Soaking:
Next, lay your materials out in the pot or pan, spreading it out as much as the container allows. I used a very large stockpot with a grate thingy in the bottom. This way, the melted snow can drip to the bottom, away from your materials. Like I said before, some folks prefer to just set their things at the bottom. Now, pile on the snow all the way to the top of the container. About 4-5 inches of snow should be plenty.
Step 3: Add Snow & Dye:
Set it in a cool place. I put mine in the basement which is about 65 degrees right now. Check it every few hours to see how the snow is melting.
Step 4: Finish:
The t-shirt turned out great! There was a small pool of dye under everything which blended the colors a bit too much. Probably the reason that the yarn is mostly pink. A pretty pink, though! The suri fiber didn’t fare so well. It didn’t take up much dye. This could be because I put it in some mesh fabric to keep it together.
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