Carol R. Eaton Designs

Carol R. Eaton Designs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fresh Snow + A New Bolt of Fabric = Playtime!

Although the recent snowstorm did not live up to the hype in the media we got plenty of fresh snow to get excited for snow dyeing! 
I started by soaking the fabric  in soda ash and water for about 30 minutes. The soda ash is needed for the the dye to latch onto the cotton. I wrung out the fabric and placed in a large pan to catch the drippings as the snow melts. For fun I put recycled containers under the fabric lifting it off the bottom of the pan.
One of the cool things about dyeing with snow is you can pile the snow onto lumpy surfaces and still get a nice result. When dyeing with ice for example you need a more even surface or the ice simply falls off the edges. 
Waiting is the hardest part! Here we are halfway through the melting. It doesn't help that my studio is a bit chilly at this time of year! I typically plan on waiting 24 hours before rinsing and washing the fabrics. Tick-Tock... the first snow dyes of 2015!

The circles are about 20"



I did not use recycled containers with this piece

If you have snow if your yard give this a try! I love hearing from you and seeing how you interpret a technique.

Happy Creating! 

16 comments:

  1. Fabulous! The first two look like pansies. Title--"Snow Pansies"?

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    1. Ohhh I like it! What a great suggestion!

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  2. WoW!! You must sit around praying for snow (teehee!)...gorgeous results!

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    1. I love snow... I just don't like the cold :)

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  3. The designs look like giant flowers! I am inspired! Thanks

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    1. Awesome Nancy! If you give it a try I'd love to see pics

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    2. I just posted here - and referenced your blog post. So fun! I had to use ice and got a slightly different look. I need snow!!! http://www.colorfibertexture.com/2015/02/ice-ice-baby.html

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  4. Yowsa! I love it! Haven't had too much snow so far this year, but the season is not over, so maybe soon!

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    1. I suspect you will get snow before you know it... you can't get off that easy!

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  5. Gorgeous results! They look like they want to be flowers. Just add stitching!!!

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  6. Oh my gosh these are exciting and interesting. I don't know how to dye per se as I've not done it, but if I tried this it would be small scale with the tiny chunks of snowy-like crystals that form on my frozen food packages. I'd experiment with dying on tea bags. Total do not know what I'm talking about here...this is just what came to mind when I viewed this post. It's so fabby! Norma

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    1. Norma if you don't have snow you can use ice cubes instead. You just need to keep the fabric relatively level but the end results will still be really cool!

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  7. 'Can't wait to show your pieces to my daughter. She teaches art to high school students. They learned ice dying last year and loved it. If our area ever gets a measurable amount of snow, we will have to ready to set up. You post was such an inspiration! Thanx

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    1. Awesome Lee! It will be fabulous to inspire some younger folks to get into surface design!

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