- As before, I soaked my prefelts in water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and a drop of washing up liquid for every litre of water.
- A wire cooling rack was suspended on some old glass jars in a washing up bowl and my wet prefelts were arranged on top.
- Then a piece of nylon netting was stretched over the top using pegs to secure it.
- Ice was tipped on top of the netting so that it covered the felt below.
- Yellow, red and blue acid-fast dye powder was sprinkled over the ice, I used about twice as much yellow as red or blue.
- I waited, and waited for the ice to melt, it looks really pretty at this stage:
- The netting was removed and I put the icky brown mess into a zip lock bag.
- Then I dropped it into my urn that was just bubbling and left it for 90 min.
These were the results, more than a bit disappointing...
Not one to waste anything I put another piece of prefelt into the dye run-off in the bottom of the washing up bowl and steamed that in its own zip-lock bag with the other piece, looks somewhat similar doesn't it?
All is not lost though, one of the pieces from the ice dyeing did not receive much dye so I sprinkled some more dye powder directly onto the felt before putting it in a bag and steaming it. This was the result. I quite like this piece and it makes me want to try ice dyeing without the ice!
I also did another "jar of ice-dyeing" using the same primary colours used above, this is my favourite of the whole bunch... The jar method is definitely the winner! :o)
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