In its pristine simplicity, ice opens a door for majestic imaginings.
I seem to have a fascination with ice ever since our trip to Antarctica. Is it any surprise that I have latched on to ice dyeing?
A few weeks ago, I started to plan a piece for the Taiwan Art Quilt Society’s Call for Entries. I knew exactly what I wanted for the background for my prospective piece – some ice-dyed organza. Unfortunately, I did not have enough left from my previous summer’s ice-dying play. I needed to try and recreate a similar effect.
I do not do a lot of dyeing but I have found ice-dyeing to be simple, quick, and fun. It is easy for me to set up on a work space in our garage:
After preparing your fabric of choice, the process can be as simple as layering fabric in a glass container with ice cubes sprinkled with powdered dye and leaving the mixture for 24 hours. For details on the process, Carol Ludington has a great article entitled ‘Dye Your Own Ice Parfait’ in the June/July 2012 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
I neglected to photograph my containers this time but here is photo from last year. Since I am dyeing relatively small pieces, glass jars and bowls are sufficient for my purpose.
I was looking for some ‘forest feeling’ organza so this year I focused upon some dark to medium green dyes that I had used previously. After I rinsed my organza the following day and surveyed the results I was pleased.
The art work that some of these pieces will be used in is still a WIP. Hope to be able to have it in a stage where I can share it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I hope this inspires you to get out some ice and fabric and play a little!
PS Linking to Off the Wall Friday so you can check in on some other artists.