Last summer I tried ice dying some failed fabric with ice from our fridge. It was fun, but the end fabric was paler than I’d have liked, probably because it was previously-dyed and not chemically prepared for dying again. My mistake. I still made use of it in this quilt:
The pinks all over, and the greens and blues in the border sashing (mostly) are that fabric.
Last Friday we had a snowstorm, possibly our last for the season. Every year I have pictures of my stubborn tulips covered in snow. Here is this year’s, from Friday morning:
Only that single red bud so far. It snowed most of the day; heavy, wet, slushy snow that made driving that same old cautionary tale we’ve had all winter. By the end of the day it had stopped snowing and started melting.
I haven’t dyed fabric for a while, so I thought this snow would be a good opportunity. On Saturday morning, I had an early morning errand to run, but I was concerned the warm, sunny day would completely melt all the snow before I got back home, so I quickly ripped off a stretch of PFD (Prepared For Dye) fabric and grabbed some jars of Dharma dye. Outside, I began piece one:
Powedered dye sprinkled atop the snow. I put down a layer of purple first almost everywhere, then added a secondary of scarlet red, a couple pops of golden yellow. After that, I saw that the black I’d grabbed had chunks of powder, so instead of breaking it up and sifting it, I dropped a couple of the chunks directly on top. I was hoping for a lot of boldness and interest.
I’m skipping the before picture (you now know what snow on fabric looks like – you get the idea). At this point the sun was going strong and I had to scavenge in every dark corner of the yard to get enough snow to cover the fabric. This is the powdered dye on top of snow picture. So bright. I used a total bottom layer of golden yellow, then added Chinese red and scarlet red on top. I may have gotten carried away with the reds; you can barely see any yellow left.
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