Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snow Dyeing Results

Here they are washed and ironed. The first five are from the Blue/Red/Yellow dyes. Even though these dyes were old, they had urea added to them since they were left over from an Ann Johnston class. They came out quite bright with a hippie-dippie look to them. They're alright, but I think they would be hard to use in a quilt. You can click on each one to see more detail. I don't think I got the crystallizing effect that some people did.






These next four (don't know what happened to the fifth picture) were made from the Turquoise/Strong Orange/Chocolate Brown dyes. The orange doesn't show up at all. I did get a little lavender showing and I like the mixture of turquoise and brown. I rather like these and I can see myself using these in a quilt.






Sometimes I like to incorporate commercial batiks with my hand dyes and I like this combination.

8 comments:

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

You had some very nice results Norma, I like the top ones. The bottom are very light aren't they?

Sherryl said...

I like your results too Norma. I did some multi colors... obviously did not use snow and I got some crystalline results... maybe you don't need snow. I just posted them on my blog.

JYA Fiberarts said...

I also like the top ones. I deleted all the info on snow dyeing from the list....I don't need any more projects...then decided to try it and didn't know the steps. I dumped some old paste dye over snow. It's on my porch. Who knows what the results will be! We are all such addicts!

Diane D. said...

I think the bottom ones are pretty neat. I've made a couple of batches now, with varying amounts of snow, but haven't seen a huge difference between using the snow and just plain old low water immersion dyeing. But it's been fun!

Beth said...

Norma, like others, I think your results are great! If you're not pleased with the top ones, try overdyeing them with some other complimentary color to soften them. I find that fuchsia often takes over because it strikes very quickly on the fabric. A nice purple wash over these might result in some lovely fabrics you would be comfortable using in a quilt. Best of luck!

Marti said...

The bottom ones are very attractive paired with the batiks...
I ordered my dyes this morning, just have to try it - at least once! Wish me luck!!

Madalene said...

Those turquoise/brown combinations really do have a quiet beauty. But I am also a lover of yellows and golds so I am drawn to parts of the first group as well. In my own snow dyes, even if I didn't like the entire piece, I found sections of patterning and color that I could use in a project. And different snow produces different results.

Karen S said...

Nice snow-dyes -- I especially like those blues and browns.