Friday, March 8, 2013

Snow dye reveal

I try never to whine or complain, especially after all the lovely gifts I received on Wednesday, but to be brutally honest, I could barely get out of bed yesterday.  I knew I had to deal with all those gifts that were cluttering up the craft room and the kitchen table, but I had a hard time just making coffee and a baked potato when I finally got hungry around 6 pm.  I wasn't exactly sick, and I definitely wasn't depressed, but I was just not feeling myself.

About the only thing I managed to do was find a home for the die cutter and all those dies.  I took the headless doll and the jewelry to the basements, but other than that, nothing else has been dealt with.

I knew I promised to show the results of the snow dyed fabric today, though, so I removed the fabric from the snow and allowed it to dry.  Then I ironed the fabric pieces in an attempt to get rid of the wrinkles, and set the colors, in case they needed it.  The wrinkles were harder to get rid of than I anticipated, though, even though I ironed and ironed and ironed.

In case you missed the previous post on dyeing snow, I suggest you see here before reading further.  Today's post will make more sense when you do. 

After I ironed each piece, I placed it on my roll around table in the basement.  Here are the ones I initially made.  The pink and yellow piece is from the flat tray in which I placed snow on top of the fabric.  The two in front under the said pink and yellow piece are from the container I added the Stampin' Up reinker dies to.  The two in the back are from the bucket I added only green and blue food coloring.  The one on the far right was a piece I added to the green and blue bucket after the snow started to melt.  I twisted and tied the long fabric swatch in several places, then doubled the piece and tied it again.  I had a whale of a time getting the knots out and an even harder time ironing it.


I brought my three favorite pieces upstairs and scanned them.



I actually like the two predominantly green pieces best because they had the most versatility.  They were the ones I scrunched in and around the snow before adding color.  The pink and yellow fabric is beautiful, and I will use it, but it is definitely not as mottled, and of course, I LOVE mottled.  So if you decide to use food coloring and snow, I suggest scrunching your fabric, rather than laying it flat.  That is, if you want lovely and unusual patterns in your fabric.

Now I'm heading to bed.  Sorry if I didn't visit yesterday, but I was just not myself.  I'm still not feeling up to par, but I'll be by to visit after I wake from my nap and when my coffee kicks in.

19 thoughtful remarks:

PeggyR said...

I like how they turned out! Sorry you aren't up to par. I have plenty of those days. Lack of sun around here as something to do with it.

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Seems that many people are struggling with end of winter dumps. Hope you feel better soon. Joan

elle said...

Bless you, Elizabeth. The fabric looks great!

Dawn said...

Hope you feeling better soon E. Your fabric has turned out so so pretty, I love the colours and patterns.
Huge hugs x x x x

Caterina Giglio said...

oh my feel better, I know how that is, when you just need to toddle off to bed to feel yourself... these pieces turned out so well, really fascinated with the wet marks left on the fabric, so cool!
xx

Divers and Sundry said...

beautiful! i'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the cloth.

i hope you're feeling fine soon!

voodoo vixen said...

I love the way the snow dyeing has turned out! I think the pink and yellow piece is gorgeous but also like the greens with veins running through. Sorry you are feeling run down, hope a good sleep helps... maybe it is the cold.... brrrr... roll on spring!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I like the splotchy, drippy ones best, too. Sorry you are feeling off. Hope you can rest up and recharge over the weekend!

Marilyn Rock said...

I love your dyed fabrics! Wonderful to see them.

I'm sorry you are not feeling well; I hope you are better, at this writing, and back to feeling yourself. I'll keep positive thoughts! xxoo

TwinkleToes2day said...

These have turned out beautifully! The colours are wonderful! The orange & pink reminds me of a sunset.
I don't envy you that awful ironing chore. I wonder how you will get those pesky creases out and I do hope you are feeling better today. :0) Mo

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, I hope you're feeling better today. The snow dyed fabric is wonderful; something I'd like to try, don't know why I didn't think about it when we had snow.
Ooh wow, fab prezzy from your friend Kathy, enjoy it.
Anne x

Krisha said...

OOOOH! Your fabrics turned out just delightful, can't wait to see what becomes of them. Hope your feeling MUCH better today. I've had days like your Friday, and they are definatley a waist of time, but we get through them.

see you there! said...

What a great dye experiment. Now you have new fabrics to create with too. I love the idea but since we don't get snow (thank heavens!) I probably won't be trying it soon.

Darla

Dianne said...

these fabrics turned out beautifully! I do hope you are feeling better soon!

~*~Patty S said...

WOWEE
I'd say your snow dyeing was a real success with really great results!
Take care of yourself Lady and feel better soon!
oxo

Anneliese said...

Hi Elisabeth, the snow dye is really impressive and you succeeded so well. I like the green one best - of course, green being my favorite. The snow good for somelthing! Since we don't ski anymore we don't need it.For this experiment I will have to wait for next winter - in France or south Germany. Thanks for alll your posts. They are beautiful and inspirational.

Halle said...

These are fun! I'm definitely going to need to try this!!

Susan said...

Oh they are beautifull!! Really lovely how the collors have spread.
About the mood; allow yourself a day like that. Your mind just needs that sometimes. Mine does and allowing yourself a day like that is the best remedy. Well in my case anyway :)
Lots of love and a big hug from House and I

BJ said...

Hi Elizabeth, sorry to hear you have been poorly, me too and the little niggles carry on as well. I see you have been doing with snow what I have done with shaving foam. Inky fun. The journal challenge I am doing this year is based on the seasons so it reminds me of my altered book adventure of last year too. Hugs BJ