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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Dyeing
















Over the last couple of days we've gotten nearly a foot of snow here in the Missouri Ozarks. I've seen several posts on QuiltArt about art quilters using the snow as part of a fabric dyeing process. So I decided to give it a try. My main resource for how to do this came from http://quiltersstitchtogether.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-version-of-snow-dye-process.html. Rhoda Forbes at http://artbyrhodaforbes.blogspot.com/ has tried snow dyeing a couple of times this winter and her work inspired me to give it a shot.
My favorite hand-dyes have what Ellen Anne Eddy calls a light-source. This method of dyeing does a great job of producing that type of fabric. All five of my fabrics came out with an inner glow that I find very attractive and useful. This dyeing seemed much easier than the fabric dyeing I've done in the past. So if you've been thinking about trying it - go for it!

10 comments:

Gloria said...

WOW! Love these...please share what fabric dye you use. You mentioned they have a light source...

Beth said...

Roberta, glad I was able to help you with your snow dyeing! I hvae found it to be a fun way to enjoy the snow and end up with beautiful fabrics to use as well.

Beth Hartford

QuiltersStitchTogether

Roberta Ranney said...

Thanks, Gloria. I used the usual Procion MX dyes that I normally use for fabric dyeing. The light source (lighter areas on the fabric) results from the way the dye hits the fabric as the snow melts. I used two colors of dye for each piece.

And Beth - Your instructions were excellent. Thanks!

Katherine said...

love the black and brown!
Katherine

Janice Paine-Dawes said...

Love the brown piece Roberta. But I must confess I am not feeling deprived to be missing all the snow in MO and AR right now.

sharon said...

beautiful!!!!

Robbie said...

Love the snow dyes! The 1st one is GREAT!! Black?? Fantastic! I'm in Fl. but crushed ice works well too!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Fantastic Roberta. I must get some Procion dye...I don't get the inner glow with the dyes I'm using.

Quilters Cottage Norfolk said...

Wow, what fantastic results you got.
Have they inspired you to what you are going to make with them or are you going o stroke them fra while?.
Judy F sent me photos of hers too.
You must have had some pretty god snow!
best wishes,
Jane C

katyquilts said...

These turned out beautiful! Love them!

Katy S