Saturday, February 27, 2010
A major topic of discussion on the QuiltArt email list this winter had been using snow to dye fabric. After soaking your PFD fabric in soda ash solution, you put it in a large container and pack it full of snow. Then you pour or squirt dye on top and let it sit for hours until the snow melts. Before the current snow started to fall I soaked my fabric and arranged it in tubs. Bill put the tubs outside the night before the snow started, so the fabric froze in its arrangement and was then covered by the snowfall.
Having the fabric frozen made the dye reach the fibers very unevenly as the fabric thawed and the snow melted. I think the resulting designs in the fabric are wonderful! Now I need to think up domething wonderful to do with the fabric.