Mandala Dyeing 2

My fourth attempt:   Combed cotton 22″ x 22″. Fold and iron fabric. Soak in warmed soda ash solution for 30 minutes. Place in tray over bucket. Place 8 cups of fresh snow over the fabric. Mix dye with snow. Orange, Mixing Red and Royal Blue  1/2 teaspoon of each dye mixed with 8 cups of snow and packed over the fabric. Place lid over the bucket and allow to sit at room temperature. After 24 hours, rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in hot water with blue Dawn soap. Rinse, dry and iron. Lessons learned: colors are brighter, but … Continue reading Mandala Dyeing 2

Mandala Dyeing

When I was first learning about fabric dyeing, I read about many different techniques.  One that I tried and really enjoyed was a technique known as snow dyeing.  And, living in Minnesota, we certainly have plenty of snow each year to play with!After trying some small samples, my first major piece that I dyed was the backing to my dyed fabric quilt (see Sept 22, 2015 post for more information).  I wanted the back of the quilt to complement the pieced from quilt, so I snow dyed with my six main dyes.  I then folded the fabric in a manner … Continue reading Mandala Dyeing