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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Scrunch Dyeing - Part 3
This is only my second try at snow dyeing… my first, done a
few years back, was not great. But since
my friend Wendy has had such great results, I decided this would be a good time
to revisit this method of dyeing. By the
way, you can see Wendy’s snow dyeing experiments here.
A note here – many dyers recommend doing ice cube and snow
dyeing on a grid, to allow the melted ice or snow to drip through into a
container and avoid having the fabric sit in a puddle. I decided to try both methods in this
experiment, so first I dyed in a bucket without using a grid. I covered my scrunched fabric with snow, then
I sprinkled dye powders over the snow. I
let it batch until the snow melted, about 2 hours or so. Here is how it came out:
I like the results, but wanted to try the 2x dye concentrate
Here is the 2x result:
How interesting! The
colors are much more intense than the powdered dye version, which must mean I
would need to use more dye powder to get the same intensity. But I also love the crisper markings I got
using 2x dye concentrate! Both were
batched about the same amount of time, so I’m not sure why the results came out
Here is a side by side comparison of
So after doing those 2 pieces, I decided to try one using
the grid method:
Here is my fabric scrunched, setting on the grid, with snow
packed on top
Next, I poured small amounts of the 2x dyes over the
snow. Looks like a velvety
sno-cone, doesn’t it?
After batching for several hours, here is the result. Again it has softer markings and more muted
colors than the regular low water immersion, but it still has some visual
My last experiment was to mix dyes and freeze them in ice
cube trays, then cover a pre-soda soaked piece of scrunched fabric with the ice
cubes. One thing I noticed was that the
cubes didn’t totally freeze the way just water does, even after 24 hours!
I used the same 3 dye colors – Orchid, Lilac and Avocado,
although I didn’t have a lot of lilac.
And I just randomly placed the ice cubes on the fabric, but as you can
see below, I didn’t get as much color blending with this method:
I think this piece will make a great background for a
landscape quilt. Which reminds me, I
hope to have at least one project finished using some of this fabric before the
end of the month, and will add a post then!
Questions? Post them in the comments section, and we'll get a discussion going. I know I'm not the only one of this group who has dyeing experience, and I'd love to hear other methods for scrunching! Meanwhile, I hope you will find something here that will inspire you to pull out your dyes and play with these techniques. Be sure to let us know if you do, either by
linking to a blog post, or you can send me an e-mail with pictures if you don’t
blog, and I will post about your experiments here! Happy scrunching!