Nancy (appliquick october 2021)
Cathy (sharing ice dyeing)
Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes
Soda Ash Fixer
Rack to elevate the fabric
Ice (or Snow) Dyeing is a dyeing technique where ice or snow is used to create a unique color pattern effect on fabric. Ice or snow is used to prevent the dye from reaching some areas of the fabric (similar to tie-dye) while also causing fiber reactive dyes to “split” into some of their component colors which can generate interesting bleed and halo effects.
Pre-wash fabric with the Professional Textile Detergent. This will remove any fabric softeners, oils, dirt, etc. that might have gotten on your dyeable blanks or fabrics during manufacturing or through handling.
Mix up your soda ash, 2 cups per gallon of water, and add in your dyeable items. Let them soak for about 15 min. Pull them out and squeeze out the excess solution (wear good rubber gloves). You can save the soda ash for more dyeing later.
Place a cooling rack in a large tub. Scrunch up the soda-soaked fabric in a random fashion, (fabric could be pleated or a tied) and place the rack.
Next, cover fabric in ice. Use 5-10 pounds of cubed or crushed ice. Cover the fabric as much as you can, as areas with no ice will likely end up staying white as the ice melts. Crushed ice may make it easier to cover everything without the ice falling off.
Use a dust mask before opening and using the dye powder. Choose your first color and sprinkle the dye powder on the ice. Be as random or as specific as you want with how you spread the dye. As the ice melts, the colors will be pulled down through the fabric & the colors will mix and blend. For example, if you use yellow and blue together, you will get greens. Part of the fun is that colors will split up a bit into their component colors, giving you neat effects. You can use this to your advantage when choosing your colors.
Once everything is sprinkled to your liking, cover the tub with plastic and let the melting progress. Putting the tubs in a warm place can speed things up. Let it all sit this way for 24 hours.
The liquid in the bottom of the tub may look like a big pool of black or brown colors. But, the items that were elevated will be colored.
Take your fabric to the sink and rinse items in COLD running water. Rinse until the water is running mostly clear.
Finally, toss fabric in the wash with HOT water and Professional Textile Detergent.
Jill – triangle maths
Thea – sharing zippered bags
Jill – sharing napkins and placemats
Fast and Easy Table Linens
Makes a set of 8
Cotton – 5 ½ yds.
Pellon – 3 yds.
NON iron on, lightest weight, polyester
Pre-wash all fabric in hot water.
After drying, fold right sides together, matching selvage edges.
Cut 13” x 19” rectangles two layers at once. Leave them RST and ready to sew.
Cut 8 13” x 19” rectangles of Pelion. Place one on top of each placemat set (wrong side toward Pelion). Pin in place.
Starting on the short side, about 4” from
one corner, sew a ⅜” seam around the edge of all three layers together, leaving a 4” opening in the middle after the 4th corner, to accommodate turning. Pivot at each corner with the needle down.
Reach between the 2 layers of cotton through the opening left on the short end, turn right side out, poking corners out.
Iron placemat flat, tucking the opening inside to match the sewn edges.
Top stitch two times around. Once at ⅛ “ and again at ⅜ “.
Napkins are cut 18” square and finished using a rolled hem on a serger with 3 threads, the outer looper using Wooly Nylon. You can also clean finish them with a ¼ “ double folded machine stitched hem.
Note: If you choose not to pre wash your fabric, your placemats will not lay flat after washing and you napkins will not be square. Pelion does not shrink, cotton does.
Tamara – sharing postcards
Aleesha – sharing coasters