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Fabric Dyeing: Ice Dyeing Tutorial

Hi friends!

Last week was a busy week for me! How about for you? On Thursday, I went to my local quilt guild meeting and was part of Demo Night. It was great! We had 6 stations with demos on machine embroidery, thread painting, proper binding techniques and what judges look for at quilt shows… 

And there was Ice Dyeing with me! It was fun. I am by no means an expert. A few years back, I did a bunch of precise fabric dyeing with a friend. We dyed a ton of fabric. Ice dyeing is less precise which means you never know what you are going to get!

I did not take any pictures that night (I was busy) but here are a few shots of how I dyed some fabric at home so I could show it off. I even created a quick handout – click here to go to my Tips and Tutorials page – the handout is at the bottom.

Ice Dyeing Technique Tutorial

Ice Dyeing Set up.

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
some dyeing supplies

 

Soak fabric in soda ash. Wear a mask when adding soda ash to water to make the solution.

Place a rack over a plastic bin- the bins catches the melted ice and dye; make sure the rack is far enough away from the bottom of the bin so the fabric does not sit in the melted dye solution.

Folded fabric. I folded my fabric different ways to see what would happen.

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
folded fabric

 

Cover fabric with ice.

Apply dye- wear a mask when applying the powder dye.

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
ice with dye sprinkled on top

 

Let it sit- up to 24 hours.

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
Sitting. Ice just starting to melt.
Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
Ice all melted!

 

Rinse in cold water till the water runs clear. Wash in the washing machine in hot water with Synthrapol or other soap meant for dyeing. I also include a color catcher- that way I know if the fabric is ready to use. Sometimes it takes a couple of washes.

And that’s the basics. There is more information on my handout.

Here are some of the fabrics I dyed. These were from the pictures above.

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
yellow with turquoise
Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
yellow, turquoise and blue
Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
more blue with turquoise

 

For this one I used just 2 colors of dye- I did not get as much blending as I wanted- partly due to how I sprinkled the dye and partly due to not enough ice.

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
yellow and raspberry
Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
close up

 

I used just one color for these.

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
blue fabric 1
Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
blue fabric 2
Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
blue fabric 3

 

If you decide to try this ice dyeing technique, I would love to see what you get! Have fun with it. 

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. Did I tell you that on Friday I got to film an episode of Quilt Remix for QNN tv? I was the guest for one episode! My friend Jenny Kae was the other guest that day and Kelly is the host of the show. We had a lot of fun!

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

 

I can’t show my project yet… but here is a sneak peek! Guess what tool I used? I am totally in love with these Pixie Dots fabrics by Ink and Arrow. 

Ice Dyeing Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
Sneak peek of the Quilt Remix quilt

 

I will let you know when the episode airs! I think it will be in May.

 

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