Snow Dyeing

It is hovering just above freezing in Ohio today. As I watched the waning snow I knew there was still enough for a batch of snow-dyed fabric. I knew I had all the ingredients on hand, but I did do a quick check online to review instructions. Dharma had instructions and instructables.com did too.

I had about a yard and a half of PFD (Prepared For Dyeing) white cotton fabric.
I tore it in half and set it to soak for 1/2 hour in soda ash solution. I have two white plastic dishpans and 2 grids made from salvaging the sides from a damaged laundry basket. I scrunched the soda-ash soaked fabric, arranging it on the plastic grids which I elevated within the dishpans. I brought snow in and put a 3″ layer of it over the fabric. Wearing mask and gloves, I scooped dry Procion dye powders out of their containers with a plastic spoon and sprinkled dye over the snow – three colors in each dishpan full of fabric. I wrapped black plastic garbage bags around each dishpan. Now I wait… 24 hours until I can peek. Then I’ll rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, heat set and enjoy my “new” fabric. I did not take pictures, but here is an illustration from the instructables website.
I’ll post my dried and ironed fabric results in a few days.

Happy Mardi Gras!

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