There are quite a few tutorials online about how to do this, so I won't post links, because there are quite a few. Most people that snow dye or hand dye fabrics for that matter are quilters. Not me, I hate quilting. Passionately. I admire the result but the process is boring as hell. To me.
Some things are no different with snow dyeing than regular dyeing. You still have to soak the items being dyed in soda ash and water. The items should be 100% natural cellulose fibers for optimum results. Two of the t-shirts I dyed are 5% lycra. It shouldn't make too much of a difference, but we will see.
If you are going to snow dye you will need:
Procion MX dyes-I use Jacquard
Dedicated measuring spoons and stirrers (use only for dyeing)-get at the dollar store
Bucket for soda ash soak
Gloves to protect your hands from the soda ash and the dyes
Plastic containers to hold everything-I used one of the plastic totes intended for under bed storage
Fabric and/or t-shirts to be dyed
|I place a sheet in the bottom of the container to catch the excess dye.|
The bottles are to hold the racks above the sheet.
|This with the racks in place|
|The t-shirts are soaked in soda ash and scrunched together and placed on|
top of the rack. Then three inches of snow is packed on top of the t-shirts.
|All three t-shirts with the dye on top of the snow.|
|This one has just about the right amount of dye sprinkled on the snow.|
|This one has way too much dye applied.|
|This one has the right amount too.|
This was the first time I had tried this technique, so I was guessing how much dye to apply. It worked out not too bad. One of the t-shirts I love, one I like and the third is just ok, I may over dye this one black.
The dyes I used on all three t-shirts were complimentary. If you decide to try this, look into colour mixing to make sure you aren't going to get mud colours. For example, purple and orange make brown. So choose your colours carefully. I wanted the sheet underneath all this to be useable so the colours had to coordinate.
Next post the reveal!