The snow that fell on Saturday last has been joined by a lot more over the last week and consequently yours truly hasn't been very far. It's amazing how many basic food supplies you can order off the milkman to have delivered to your door and how little you can spend when you don't go to the supermarket! It's also amazing how the milkman can brave freezing temperatures in the middle of the night to get the milk to your doorstep while the postman finds it impossible to walk up your street to deliver the post! We've had no post all week and I'm waiting for stuff!
Anyway, enough ranting! When the skies send you snow, break out the dyes! I have to confess that my quick foray into snow dyeing this week didn't turn out quite as I intended. I was aiming for browns, oranges and blues from the dyes I chose only to find I'd grabbed golden yellow instead of an orange so yet again I've got greens! Duh!
I made a few deliberate errors, as ever, and some areas of the cloth ended up sitting in the thawed out snow/dye which gave a solid colour but these areas are the best. I used Golden Yellow, Turquoise and Aquamarine. Not that I want any more snow but if we get some later in the winter I shall have another go with orange and indigo and see what that gives me.
There has been a lot of discussion on the Contemporary Quilt Group Yahoo site on the subject of snow dyeing. I did mine by soda soaking my fabric for about half an hour. I then wrung the excess out and put it crumpled up on top of upturned foil dishes in a large bowl. I heaped snow on top and then poured on the three dye solutions (one tsp dye powder mixed with 100mls tepid water) using a teaspoon to distribute the colour/sprinkle the dye on. The bowl was left outside for a few hours but as it was still freezing out there I brought the bowl into the conservatory until bedtime when I judged that enough dye had percolated down, removed the snow and put the fabric into a plastic bag and put the whole thing into a warmish room overnight. Having then decided that the kitchen wasn't really that warm I put the bowl up against the radiator for a few more hours and then rinsed like a loony and did a final quick wash in the machine. The beauty of the fabric was revealed when I ironed it. My method is definitely of the hit and miss variety and not the scientific variety. I'm amazed it works! The main thing is not to let the fabric sit in puddles of dye or you'll get solid colour.
You can find more posts on snow dyeing if you click the label at the end of this post.
It's snowing again as I type and guess whose DH is going to be walking home from a 'boys night out' later on? It takes all sorts............. :-) Just hope he doesn't fall over! Keep warm and safe if you have snow and ice.