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- white cotton pfd fabric (prepared for dyeing), or prewashed white cotton fabric
- Procion MX powdered dyes
- soda ash
- containers to dye in (plastic sweater box, Styrofoam ice chest, kitty litter box, etc.)
- rack to put inside the container to hold fabric above melted dye/ice
- container for soda ash water
- dust mask, gloves
- towels to clean up
- cup and teaspoon – dedicated to dyeing
- Mix 1 cup of soda ash in 1 gal of hot water
- Soak the fabric in this solution for 20-30 minutes
- While you are waiting, select the dye colors you will use. 3 colors is a good number to work with per piece of fabric.
- After soaking, wring out the fabric and place on the rack inside your container. Scrunch or fan fold your fabric.
- Place a layer of ice over the fabric. Be sure fabric is fully covered.
- Don your facemask & gloves
- With your gloved fingers or the teaspoon, sprinkle approx ¼ tsp of each dye over the ice. Place the dye in a more “spotty” fashion as opposed to dumping it all in one spot or scattering it evenly.
- That’s it for now. Leave it all alone overnight or up to 24 hours. The ice will melt and create a beautiful pattern.
- After the waiting period, rinse the fabric in warm water until the water is just about clear. Add a little synthropol to the last rinse and let the fabric sit in that solution for 10 or 15 min. Then rinse again.
- Machine wash the fabric & iron. Beautiful!
For additional information, please refer to Quilting Arts Magazine Aug/Sept 2011 or this blog: http://www.bloombakecreate.com/2011/02/ice-dyeing/