So yesterday morning, I washed my fabric with Synthropol and then soaked it in a soda ash solution (1 Cup/gallon of water) for about 1/2 hour. In case you have not done it before and are considering dyeing fabric, this is THE most critical step. The soda ash changes the pH to make the dye "stick" to it.
For the dyes, I dissolved 1 Tbsp in 1/2 cup warm water. After doing some research, I read that commercial dye mixtures were the ones to use because the colors separate with snow dyeing. This supposedly is what gives the final product the unique coloration. I did not use any of the pure dyes.
After soaking, I put 1/2yd pieces in the plastic containers in a loose, scrunchy kind of way.
Then I covered them with snow.
For the containers using 3 dyes, first I drizzled horizontally.
Then I drizzled the second dye vertically.
This is what the 2nd container looked like close up. I think this is beautiful.
I poured the first dye vertically. Then I added the second dye horizontally and the third dye diagonally.
The containers were left to sit overnight at room temperature. Surprisingly, it took over 6 hours for all the snow to melt. In the morning, this is what I found.
And the results:
|Mixture of Periwinkle, Orchid and Sky Blue|
|Mixture of Orange Rust, Mustard and Avocado|