Here are more pictures from the second day I spent ice dyeing this time using Robert Kaufman’s pfd Panda – 60% cotton, 40% bamboo. I also used a screen to lift one layer of fabric above the melted dye solution, and this was dyed with the concentrated dye solution I talked about in the previous post. I’m sticking to my word and not sprinkling powder around anymore.
This picture shows the top layer:
Keeping the fabric from soaking in the dye solution creates a very different look with ice cube dyeing. You can actually “see” the cubes in the pattern. Everywhere there is a little lighter space surrounded by deeper color, there was an ice cube. I really like this look and will definitely use a screen for future ice dyeing.
Being of the economical nature, I also had some fabric laying underneath the screen. Why waste all that nice dye solution? Here is a photo of those fabrics:
You might be able to see the lettering on the bottom of these fabrics that indicate one was put in dry – soaked in soda ash and then dried, and the other put in wet. This time the difference was neglible, but I do believe the dried piece is a bit darker than the wet – not enough to make me want to dry this fabric before I dye it though.
I almost forgot. This batch was batched for a full 24 hours, then soaked in cold water for another 24 hours, then washed in hot water, and rinsed in cold water, and when I rubbed the wet fabric against a white towel, the towel stayed white.