10 January 2014

A Snowy Weekend

Lizard Shadowplay

We woke up to 5 inches of snow on the ground, with more on the way. We'd planned to visit The Lizard's mom but weren't willing to battle bad roads, bad weather AND ski traffic.

Last year, I'd attempted snow-dyeing for the first time. I was anxious to try again, but I needed a significant snowfall. Our total accumulation of 9-10 inches was exactly what the doctor ordered!

I tried something new this time, too. I dyed one hank of thread, and some leftover undyed fabric scraps from my homemade batik dress.

Round II Begins

Trying a new thing this round: thread and fabric!

The Lizard called this Winter Blues

Not so bad now!  Should lighten up a bit in the wash.

We braved the storm in Waterton Canyon while we waited for the snow (on the fiber) to melt and dye to set. (The snow outside still hasn't melted yet, but that means I can keep dyeing!!!)

The closed road is plowed for the canyon caretaker.  We have the canyon to ourselves.

We came home to gorgeous wintery blues! (So named by The Lizard.)

Oops, forgot to wear gloves AGAIN.

getting there

Magnifico!!!

soon to be snowflakes

ready-to-wash snow-dyed yarn and thread

And then I was so excited, I decided to do it again!

second attempt at snow-dyeing fabric

parfait

second attempt at snow-dyeing fabric

second attempt at snow-dyeing fabric

snow-dyed fabric

snow-dyed fabric

One. More. Time.

third attempt at snow-dyeing fabric

snow-dyed fabric

snow-dyed fabric

I think this fabric is just calling out to be made into a quilt!

It quilts!

22 comments :

  1. looks like a busytime was surely had, but biking in all that snow, no way for my pad haha

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    1. No such thing as bad weather, Pat, only bad clothing! ;) We stayed toasty warm!

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  2. What a fun idea - and what fun colors!!

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    1. Thank you, Abby! I have to order more fabric now so I can make more and have enough for a whole quilt!

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  3. These pictures are terrific! Did you use liquid or powder dye? I've seen both done. I don't like playing with the powder.Your results are outstanding!!
    leeAnna Paylor
    lapaylor.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, LeeAnna! I used powder. I suppose I could make it into paste, but I really liked the sprinkle effect, especially on the second fabric. I'm going to shoot for that with the next batch. (And we still have enough snow for one more go...) :)

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  4. Such pretty fabrics you dyed!

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    1. Thank you, Sara! I'm addicted now...

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  5. visiting from crazy mum quilts. WOW I have never heard of snow dying. It looks AMAZING!! Seriously awesome results. We only get snow in the winter about every 7 years. Next time I will need to be prepared

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I hear crushed ice works well, too, although it takes a little longer to melt. Although maybe it will melt faster if you're above 20 degrees for more than a couple of days this time of year! :) I also hear shaving cream works; I may have to do that in non-snow seasons...

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  6. You have some of my favorite color combinations here: purple with blue. Can't wait to see what you make with this.

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine! I can't believe I'm saying this, but I can't wait until the next big snowstorm so I can dye some more fabric! I need about two yards more to have enough for a quilt! And I'm really liking the disappearing four-patch idea...

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  7. Ooo! Ahhhh! Looks kinda' like snowcones. :)

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    1. I hadn't thought about that, Marigold, but you're absolutely right. But these wouldn't taste as good...

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  8. Those are some great colors

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    1. Yes. Stratoz, and I can't wait to play some more!

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  9. What a great and creative idea. The colors are fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, KB! They are certainly fun to sew with!

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  10. Come visit me in Michigan! We have had lots of snow (and ice) this year. And it seems to be sticking around for awhile, but of course it takes 18.5 inches in one day a long time to melt. :)

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    1. Oh, can I? Can I? Can I? I'd love to bring home some of your snow! You think it would make the trip?!? :)

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  11. Wow, they all turned out great. These are some cheerful wintery blues! And greens and roses and violets.

    Batik is a bit like life, isn't it? Splashes and fadings of colour with here and there a real jolt. :)

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    1. I can't wait to work up the blues into something special, Sue. The parfait color... well, I have different plans for that. I'm thinking about making it a prize in a giveaway... thinking, thinking, thinking...

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