Ice Fabric Dyeing

Did you say you don’t have snow and want to do some dyeing? Well, before I put up my dyeing stuff, I thought I’d try one more type of dyeing – ice dyeing. For those of us who don’t have snow or would like to try this in the summer, this is an alternative.

Please read my getting started and my fabric dye precautions posts before attempting this or any fabric reactive dye project.

Since Judi had suggested I set my fabric up out of the dye, I tried that this time. I set a metal rack on top of cat food cans which I put into my dyeing container. I then folded my material and placed it on top of the rack.

Folded fabric on rack

Folded fabric on rack

I topped the fabric with ice cubes.

Ice cubes on top of fabric

Ice cubes on top of fabric

I then sprinkled dye powder over the snow. Be very careful with this powder. Refer to my fabric dye precautions post.

Green, Raspberry and Yellow Dyes over ice cubes

Green, Raspberry and Yellow Dyes over ice cubes

Follow procedures as other dyeing. Cover and move to a warm area. Wait 24 hours. This is what it looks like after 24 hours and before washing it out.

After 24 hours

After 24 hours

Now to rinse, wash and dry. Follow the procedures HERE.

And this is what I got from this ice dyeing. Click on picture for larger view.

Finished Ice Dyed Fabric

Finished Ice Dyed Fabric

I am so pleased with this piece. It may be one of my favorite pieces. I’d love to see if you try this. Now I need to get the sewing machine going!

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