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« on: December 27, 2012 07:59:51 PM »

It snowed in southern Ontario yesterday. So what else is a girl to do after cleaning her craft room than to grab a couple of silk scarves, a handful of koolaid and a bucket of snow.

This was way easier and way less messy than some other attempts at dyeing. Close ups. Cheesy
this was pina-pineapple, ghoul aid scary blackberry and iceblue lemonade.

This one is black cherry, cherry and berry blue


After i added the dye to the snow pack i sprinkled just a bit of grape over both.  I loved this project.


And now i have to go. Im sure i need more scarves to play with. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012 02:51:01 PM »

Wow, what great colours and patterns.  Sounds like this dye method is a lot of fun!
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012 03:13:21 PM »

Those are lovely! Is it pretty colorfast?  I would like to know how to do this- NOT asking for a tutorial, I try not to do that, knowing how hard they are to put together- but could you give a brief description of how you do this? With such safe ingredients, it sounds like something I could do with my boys- I'd love to give it a whirl! Thank you, if you get the time.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012 11:23:26 AM »

What a fun idea!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013 12:59:11 PM »

Those are lovely! Is it pretty colorfast?  I would like to know how to do this- NOT asking for a tutorial, I try not to do that, knowing how hard they are to put together- but could you give a brief description of how you do this? With such safe ingredients, it sounds like something I could do with my boys- I'd love to give it a whirl! Thank you, if you get the time.

there a a zillion tutorials online.  heres my take on it. (please take note of the very precise times and measurements i used)

1- wait for snow.
2- pack about an inch or so of snow onto a meatl cookie cooling rack
3- place damp scarves on snow (scarves had already been rinsed with a wee bit of soap months ago and only needed a short soak in vinegar and water)
4- pack a whole bunch more snow on top of scarves. about 3-4 inches thick
5-mix up about three ish or so packs of koolaid with a good splash (or a generous glug) of vinegar and some cool water. (i was mixing in red solo cups and all my colours were just over half full), mix well
6- pour in pleasing patterns over snow pack. filling in white patches.  starting with lightest colour first
7-place rack over a vessel to collect melt (i used my sink)
8- go away and have a rest, youve earned it
9- wait a while longer. poke at fabric because you are impatient
10- have a drink
11- poke some more.  if you kinda poke it and it seems like there is tooo much white.  pack on more snow and drizzzle on some more colour
12- accidentally nap
13-wake up and squeal cause the snow is all melty
14- now things get experimental
15a- wrap in saran wrap, place over a steam bath for a half hour, cool and rinse, hang to dry
15b-wrap in saran wrap, wrap in a towel, leave in a warm room overnight.
15c- then place over a steam bath in the morning, cool and rinse ( i did find this batch kept its colour MUCH more vibrant) hang to dry.
16- relax in the adoration of your friends and family who cannot believe something so pretty can be made with koolaid and snow
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013 02:57:46 PM »

Love it! Would have never thought to try with koolaid. Your results are awesome and you reminded me I need to dye with some snow before it melts this season.

Oh, and I love your step-by-step! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013 08:26:21 PM »

Thank you for the breakdown on how you did it- gonna have to try it, drinks, naps, and all!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013 06:26:10 PM »

Too bad we don't get real snow. This is fabulous. You're funny.
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013 10:58:12 AM »



wilton icing gels work too!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2013 05:02:10 AM »

Wow your fabric turned out so beautiful!
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