Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ice Dyed Fabric 2013

Ice dying has been a favorite of mine. You never know what you are going to get. I did three pieces of fabric in this dye lot. The colors I used were pink, orange, yellow, and green.  There were two types of fabric. Cotton and a velveteen (top photo). This process renders results that are so unique and they just can't be duplicated. The pattern is a function of how the ice melts, how the fabric is scrunched or folded, and the fabric contents. Natural fibers are a must, but texture to the fabric really enhances the results. The fabric is first washed in soda ash. This allows the dye to bind to the fabric. The fabric is then placed on a screen, I use cookie drying racks. The racks should be suspended so the ice can melt and the water falls through the fabric and rack into a reservoir. The ice is applied and then approximately 1/2 teaspoon of dye is sprinkled over the ice. Wait 24 hours for the ice to melt and voila you have unique fabric. The complete instructions can be found in quilting arts magazine volume 52.

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