When life give you snow, give snow dyeing a try! This has been on my radar for a few years, after buying some snow dyed fabric at a local quilt show a few years ago. A conversation over the week-end with some fellow fiber artists about snow dying yarn reminded me of this technique. I bought some supplies this summer to try out batik dying (but never did), and with the addition of another cold snap, and some fresh snow this week, I "carpe diem'ed".
I found this tutorial, from Dharma Trading Company, the website / store that I bought all of my supplies. Of course I used snow, instead of ice. I used the colors wasabi, hydrangea, and paloma gold, all pastels, but as you can see, almost none of those colors are visible in the finished product. I used pima cotton that I also bought from Dharma Trading Company, as well as 2 white shirts that I bought from them, 2 womens, and 1 unisex. The womens' shrank quite a bit during washing. I am beyond thrilled at how this turned out, and have already ordered more dye and supplies, and am among the minority of people who are hoping for MORE snow haha!
Basically I soaked prewashed fabric in the soda ash solution for half an hour while I collected a tub, wire shelf / rack, gloves and snow.
I wrung out the fabric, crumpled and laid it on top of the wire rack.
Next, I piled a few inches of snow on top of the fabric, and sprinkled the dye powder directly on top of the snow.
The next day, about 22 hours later, I then rinsed the excess dye out of all of the fabric. This was my least favorite step in the whole process, as it took a lot of rinses, and a lot of time, but did provide a good upper body workout LOL. Once the rinse water was clear, I put it in my washing machine and rinsed one final time, then washed in hot water with a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap. I did not have any sythol, but read that you can substitute dish soap. Seems to have worked. We have a front loader with a clear glass door, and I could not see any color coming out of the rinse water in the final wash. After a trip in the dryer and a hot iron, I was just delighted beyond words at how beautiful the final fabric turned out.