When’s the last time you indulged in a luscious, dripping, lick-before-it-melts snowcone?
Swirled with red and orange and maybe yellow?
Sorry, this post is not about that so you guys can stop drooling now.
But……I have discovered a new thing.
It involves ice….and dyeing…and is called……(drum roll please)…
What a very cool concept you say?
I don’t know how I happened upon this snow dyeing jag but in my regular nightly jaunt thru webland, checking out what my fellow bloggers are up to, I happened upon this snowing dyeing thing.
Too late for me I thought. The snow we had that would have worked perfectly because, remember…we got inches this time….was all melted.
My gosh, will I have to wait until next winter when there is no guarantee that we’ll get any coverage?
Or ask friends from Australia to send some up in the our summer months (winter weather for them) and hope it doesn’t melt by the time it gets to me (yeh right!!!!)
What is one to do when you let the snow outside melt before you’ve discovered your new thing?
You get out your smoothy machine (that makes great pina coladas) and crush that ice.
Necessity is the mother of invention much? I had no idea if it would work but I was willing to give it a try. I soaked the yard of fabric in a soda ash solution for 20 minutes, scrunched it in the bottom of the dishpan then dumped the ice over it (no other way to describe it folks).
I crushed enough ice to have at least 1 1/2 – 2″ of snow completely covering the fabric.
Now for the fun part.
Squirt the dye on the ice…yes….I said on the ice like above. I used my new dyes—–turkey red, citrus yellow, with little squirts of chartreuse and chocolate brown.
The concept with this is that as the ice melts the dye drips onto the fabric. Because the fabric is scrunched up underneath the ice you will get this fantastic mottled effect all over.
Leave to melt. I left it for a few hours and thought I had left it too long but it turned out spectacularly!
Rinse under cold water first to remove the soda ash then wash in hot water. I wash all my fabrics together (all different colours) in the washing machine with 1-2 capfuls of Synthropol.
And you’re left with this……
Oh my gosh……I’m in love with dyeing even more….how could that be!
I’ll be adding a half yard of this to my Esty shop. Well I do have to keep half of it for myself, can’t I?
See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,