Monday, January 7, 2013

Snow Dye Fabric and a Fabric Postcard

Yesterday was spent dyeing fabric with a snow melt method and today was spent playing with the fabric. 12 fat quarters of lovely.


Fabrics Hand Dyed with Snow Method
Here are pictures of the process. Hubby and I had a blast and the results were amazing.  The kit is from Hands on Hand Dyes.  We used the Playgrounds Snow Dye Kit.

 
After soaking the 12 fat quarters of fabric in soda ash, the fabric is gathered up and sat on a prepared platform.


Snow is packed on top of the fabric.  That is snow from our yard.

 
The fabric dye is then "squirted" on the snow.

 
 
 
The snow is then allowed to melt into the fabric.  It takes several hours.
 
 
 


Once the snow is melted, the fabric is rinsed in hot water.

 
The fabric is washed in the washing machine, dried, and pressed.
 


Now to have fun with this beautiful fabric.


Fabric Postcard


I made my first fabric post card and I used some snow dye fabric.  This will be sent to Kisha in Arizona. 
Kisha, has stage IV terminal breast cancer and my niece has started a card shower for her on facebook. Here is the link -  Cards for Kisha.  I don't know Kisha, but it sounds like she could use a little lot of love sent her way.  Please take time to send a card if you can.  Wouldn't it be cool if she ended up with bags and bags of mail?  I'm so proud of my niece for her support of people in need.
 
Prayers for Kisha,
 














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17 comments:

redcrowgreencrow said...

I've heard of people doing this to dye yarn but I haven't tried it yet. I would love if you would share on Inspired Weekends, open through Thursday!

http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/inspired-weekends-1/

Katie @ Horrific Knits

heart of charnwood said...

That looks fantastic, and lots of fun i'll bet, well done! Ange :)

LynCC said...

Whoop! Whoop! :) Maybe I'll try snow dying some day now that we live in Colorado. Gotta get my UFO list decimated first. It sure looks fun!

Carla said...

Thank you Katie, I will try to get over there. You must try a little dyeing with snow. It's too much fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Carla said...

It is so much fun Ange. It's really hard to cut it up though. I just love looking at all the different water color designs in the fabric. Thanks for coming by.

Carla said...

You are my neighbor, in a distant kind of way..hehe. In Colorado you can snow dye all the time. I've been there in August and found snow. Thank you for your kind words.

legato1958 said...

Wow! I loved reading about the snow dyeing process. (Never heard about it before.) Your fabrics are pretty, and your fabric postcard is really pretty!! You are so kind to share your talent with sending your card to Kisha.

susie

Becky said...

Wow! That's so freakin' cool! I bought some snow dyed fabric at a quilt show, and always wondered how she did it! We only have a dusting here. Thanks for sharing!

Shauna said...

That looks like a great deal of fun! I'll check out the post for Kisha too. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Craig said...

Such pretty fabric! I wish we could get enough snow around here to do something similar, but it would be very unusual. Whoop whoop for you!!

Ida said...

Great fabric. Sounds fun to make too. Right now I'm living in a place with little snow (Turkey) but if the USAF ever sends us somewhere cold again I will give it a try. I love your postcard too. I lived in Phoenix for the first 8 years of my marriage, not too far from your niece's friend. I will send her a card from here in Turkey and say a prayer for her and her family.

Carla said...

The world needs more people like you. Thank you. What a surprise she will have when a card from Turkey arrives.
Dyeing fabric is about the only thing I like about snow unless it snows on Christmas. Hope you get to try it sometime.
Again, Ida, thank you for the prayers and card.

Carla said...

We need moisture so badly, but I really don't care for snow or cold. I love dyeing fabric this way, though. Thank you for your sweet comment, Sarah.

Carla said...

Shauna, Thank you for following my link for Kisha. If we can all do our part to help each other it will be a better world to live in. You are sweet to leave a comment. Thank you.

Carla said...

Oh, thank you Becky. It's so hard to cut the fabric after it's been snow dyed because of the beauty and the changes of colors and design. I'm hoping that's the end of snow. I like rain :)

Carla said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and what a sweet comment. Snow dyeing is such fun and sharing it is the best part. Susie, thank you so much.

redcrowgreencrow said...

Thanks for linking up at Inspired Weekends! This week's round is open if you would like to stop by.