Tonight I am giving a small presentation (a three corner event which I have not done before) for Exeter Quilters on Ice Dyeing. I have had great fun making a whole new selection of fabrics, see below. I am also posting the instructions. This is the way that works for me rather than being definitive.
Ice dyeing notes Patricia Hann
- Must work on 100% cotton or silk, which needs to be pre-soaked in soda ash or washing soda solution 5 mins or more. (NB you can re-use left over solution.)
- Then squeeze out excess, scrunch the material and place on grid over sink. You can have several different materials at the same time and can try pleating and twisting etc.
- Spread a bag of ice from the supermarket on top.
- Sprinkle dye powders on top of this. Use cold water Procion MX dyes Think a bit about colour mixing so that you do not get all muddied browns – experiment with amount etc.
- Remember MID Material /Ice/ Dye
- Leave overnight or equivalent and when ice all or nearly gone wash fabric as usual to remove excess dye (cold water till no run off then hot water). – Do not panic if it looks awful.
- Dry and iron and WOW!
 I use any cotton available as I like to experiment. I used to use Whaleys of Bradford but am currently using Stone Fabrics in Totnes as I can see and feel the material without having to send for samples.
 Use 3 scant tablespoons soda ash or 9 washing soda per litre of solution.Â Dissolve in hot water and allow to cool â€“ ignore any cloudiness. (about 20% washing soda)
 Kemtex is a good UK supplier.