Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Snow Dyeing

This snow dyeing technique produces some unique markings, that's for sure. It's too bad it's limited, season-wise. Plus it takes a fair amount of space. I have to cover the pans to make sure the cat doesn't manage to get into them. After all, they are kitty litter pans, and she feels a certain ownership. So here I have these beautiful fabrics, which present the problem of how to use them. It would be difficult to overprint them and they don't seem to want to fade into the background. Front and center would make them happy, I think. So I thought that a good way to showcase these fabrics would be to dye some t-shirts also.

This blue one, which is nice, but not spectacular, will be my working-out-at-the-gym t-shirt. I can admire myself as I slog through my workout.




This second one I like a whole lot better. I used two different pans with different colors (obviously). The blue pan was the Brilliant Blue, with a little bit of Black Cherry and a little bit of Golden Yellow. I didn't mix the dyes so strongly this time, only 1 T per 1 cup of water. The second pan was mostly the Golden Yellow with some red and a small amount of blue. These pieces are to die for. Or is it dye for? Ha Ha. Sorry.

These next 4 images are all from the same piece of fabric and were in the same pan with the above t-shirt. It's amazing the variety of markings and colors that appear. And again these are fabrics that will have a difficult time playing with others, they are just too eye-catching.









Before the snow all melts I should try to do some with more dilute dye solutions to see if I can get subtler markings. I think I have some time, I'm betting there will still be some piles of plowed snow for another month.

9 comments:

Marlis said...

these pieces are truly gorgeous cathy! unfortunately, snow is terribly cold to work with ;-)

Sam said...

absolutely gorgeous work.

Cathy said...

We didn't get any snow this winter! I know, some of you got way more than you wanted and would be willing to share. I will have to wait to try this until next winter... unless I import it like they are doing for the Olympics!

Your pieces are absolutely fabulous. I would love to make some for the backings of some of my bright quilts. Maybe I'll have the tops all done by next winter!

Cathy Kleeman said...

Marlis - snow is really cold to work with, my hands were freezing. It would be interesting to do research to see if different types of snow make different marks. Like soft, puffy snow vs granular ice crystals. Somebody else will have to do that experiment, however.

Vicki W said...

Wow, those last ones are gorgeous! I just love the gold, pinks and greys together

Tracey said...

What fabulous pieces!
Perhaps you could try crushed ice when the snow is gone?

Karoda said...

love the ethereal appearance that snow dyeing achieves and your's are most ethereal!

Dawn said...

Cathy, I don't know if you were able to attend AQS last week but there was a vendor there selling Snow Dyed Fabrics!!! I couldn't believe it as you are the only person I know who does this! I mentioned you to her and checked out her fabrics. Just thought you'd like to know:)
Dawn

Cathy Kleeman said...

Dawn - Thanks for the publicity! I wish I had thought up snow dyeing but there are many people doing it. In the winter, of course. Didn't get to AQS, hope you had a great time.