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Dyeing in Winter

Materials Needed:

  • 5 tsp Synthrapol
  • 1/4 cup Soda Ash
  • 3 3/4 yard white Fabric, PFD-prepared for dying or regular fabric
  • Snow
  • Container with Lid
  • Plastic Gloves, Mask, Goggles, Apron

Procion MX Dye- Brights: 

  • Lemon Yellow #1 (Dharma)
  • Fuchsia #13 (Dharma)
  • Turquoise #25 (Dharma) or  
  • 108 Sun Yellow (Pro Chemical & Dye)
  • 308 Fuchsia (Pro Chemical & Dye)
  • 410 Turquoise (Pro Chemical & Dye)

Step 1: Prepare Fabric

Either purchase Prepared for Dying fabric from the fabric shop or take your own fabric and wash it in hot water with 1 tsp soda ash and 1 tsp Synthrapol.  Rinse this and dry.  Do not add Fabric softener, your goal is to have fabric ready to dye and clean of chemical agents! 

Cut dried fabric into size of your choice.  


3. Prepare to Dye

Place fabric in the plastic container, add snow.

4. Put on Your Safety Gear!

Put on your plastic gloves, apron, mask and goggles.

5. Add Dye

Sprinkle the powdered color dyes that you would like onto the snow.  If you are wanting a rainbow gradation, start with red, then sprinkle yellow, and lastly blue.  Make sure to overlap some of the powdered dye so it looks like this.

Yellow, yellow and red, red, red and blue, blue, blue and yellow. 

6. Cover the container and wait

Place a lid on the container and wait 24 hours.  (Keep the container inside)  You want the snow to melt.  The dye disperses randomly throughout the fabric.  This gives a variegated pattern only achieved through snow or ice dye.  

7. Rinse and Wash fabric

Rinse the fabric in cold water until the water runs colorless.  Wash the fabric in hot water with 3 tsp Synthrapol.  Rinse and dry.  I like to iron my dyed fabric when slightly damp; it flattens the fabric very well.

8. Experiment

Try the process again, use different colors, layer fabric in the snow and different levels and play around!  This is a fun process and a great midwinter project.

Bathroom Floors

I love the floor in my studio bathroom and look forward to working on the studio floors when I have time!


Sink Traps- Do you need one in your studio?

Sink traps are an added cost to your studio, but could save future plumbing costs depending on what you make.  If you are doing ceramics, making paper, painting regularly with acrylic paint, or have multiple people using your space I recommend a sink trap.  Basically, the sink trap catches any material heavier than water.  This sinks to the bottom of the trap.  The trap is transparent so you can see when your trap needs cleaned.  I like the peace of mind this adds to my wash up especially since students regularly use my sinks for wash up.

In my studio I added a sink trap to one of my two sinks.  I love it!  It is catching all the clay and paint residue that shouldn't go down the sink to begin with.  There are many options available.  You can find them at art suppliers or dental suppliers.  You can even make your own. Since I am not a ceramic studio, but occasionally putting clay down the sink, I did not need a major sink trap.  I chose the Gleco Trap.  It is perfect for what I need and easy to use.  Here is an image of it installed under my sink.  web-studio-sinks

Instructions for a do it yourself sink trap found here.