As soon as the snow had stopped falling I got my fabrics soaking in the soda ash solution and set things up for my second round of Snow Dyeing of the winter.
In the round bowl, propped up on a vegetable steamer base ( so the fabric does not sit in the melted snow /dye solution) is the soda ash treated fabric. I put in a small piece of Habatoi silk, and two pieces of vintage damask linen. In the box sits an old baking cooling rack with one piece of linen, one piece of silk and a white cotton sleeveless shirt that I picked up at Goodwill. In the back you can see my tub of snow.
The next step is to pack the snow over the top of the fabric till the cloth is totally covered and about 3-4 inches thick. I then took the bowl and box of fabric/snow to the guest room tub and placed them in the tub to catch any water overflow and so I could easily wash any dye particles down the drain.
Here are the silk pieces!!! Luscious and luminous!!! I will use these in my Collage Nuno felted wraps as merino wool fibers can penetrate the silk beautifully!
This smaller piece of linen was a hand towel with a ratty edge and a few holes in the fabric, The damask pattern is glorious - sorry that the pattern is hard to pick up in this photo.
here is the cotton top from Goodwill that I will now embellish with other fabrics and doilies followed by some hand stitch. I will be adding this piece to my inventory in my studio at Artful Dimensions Gallery.
If you are interested in a protocol to follow so you can have a go at your own Snow Dyeing , you can find one here.!