Last week Lori posted a tutorial on how to dye fabric using ice cubes, it is similar to snow dyeing. She did a ‘parfait’ which is layering a few fabrics in one jar and using different dyes on each layer. You can see Lori’s instructions here. I had never tried dyeing a parfait or using ice cubes before so I wanted to give it a try. The top pictures shows my jar with three layers of fabric. The bottom layer has Bright Yellow and Cerulean Blue, the second layer has Hot Pink and Bright Yellow and the top layer is Cerulean Blue and Hot Pink. I used more dye powder then Lori suggested as I wanted dark bright colors, I used about 1 tsp total per layer. You can see the dye powder on the ice cubes in the next picture. I also crushed my ice cubes a bit, Tim smashed them with a hammer for me. I had tried using the blender but it just made slush.
I let the ice and fabric sit in the jar overnight. By morning all the ice had melted and the jar looked like this.
You can see my excess dye powder on the fabric that didn’t dissolve. I think I would use a bit less dye next time. Here are the results of my half meter pieces.
There is a similar texture to snow dyeing and I like how the colors from the other layers sneak into each other fabrics without over powering the main color combinations.