Ice Dyeing success!
The ice dyed fabrics turned out great. I'm going to show you the backing fabrics first. This one I Anne's from the red/blue/purple bin. When I load the backing fabric in the bin I always leave it folded in half so that I will get a mirror image effect. I think it's a little better than just all over mottled.
I put my fabric in the "rainbow " box and I expected a lot of brown but was really lucky to get this.
I had a couple of questions on Friday's post about the process and I thought I'd answer here for everyone.
We soda soaked the fabric before we folded it. For the backing fabrics I arrange them in the bins and then pour over enough soda ash mixture to dampen the fabric. I generally leave my folded, wet fabric overnight to dry out a bit before dyeing so we did all the folding Wednesday and the dyeing Thursday.
For dyeing I layer some ice, then sprinkle lots of dye (you have to wear a mask for this) and then add more ice. Then for a boost I sprinkle soda ash powder on top. I don't know if that actually does anything but I do it anyway.
There are a total of 106 of these squares! I don't think we will have any problem picking winners for our quilts. I expect there will even be some left over for a baby quilt or two.
Now I have to decide on a sashing color. I originally thought black but now I'm thinking gray or a grayish blue might be better.
Of course there were some losers and that's OK. It's just more hand dyed fabric scraps for another project.
Meanwhile, in the sewing room, my batting trimmings bin is overflowing so during the night game last night I started cutting out some fabric for dog beds. I like it when I can divert something from going straight to the landfill.
10/8/2019 07:39:16 am
There is only one in the "losers" that I see as a "loser" - the other three are not dramatic but still quite pretty. The fourth one (green) can probably be used nicely when cut into pieces
Vicki in MN
10/8/2019 07:43:50 am
10/8/2019 09:22:50 am
They're all beautiful. can't wait to see what you do with them. Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or is there a puppy face in the middle of your backing?
10/8/2019 10:14:21 am
Overall you have a good group of fabrics so I would call that a success!
10/8/2019 10:50:37 am
Oh, you got some great, great results. You always do such a super job- I get mud. I guess I am just a quilter not a dyer.
10/9/2019 06:09:49 pm
It must have been so much fun to unwrap all the fabric pieces to see the results. Better than Christmas maybe?
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.