First I soaked 100% cotton in a batch of soda ash and water (soak for at least 30 minutes). The fabric needs to absorb the soda ash to assist the dye in adhering to all the nooks and grannies of the cotton!
Now for the real fun; I donned my respirator (always use a respirator when working with powdered dye) and sprinkled dye powder across the snow.
I waited overnight for the snow to melt and in the morning I rinsed the fabrics and tossed them into the washer with an industrial detergent (to remove excess dye). I dried the fabrics and pressed... voila ~ all done!
|The finished fabrics!|
The fabrics are paired below. The photo of the fabric on the left was scrunched into the bucket and the fabric on the right was laid out in the larger tub:
|I think this piece looks like hot lava!|
I'd love to hear about your adventures with snow dyeing! Give it a try...