Friday, 25 January 2013

Results of snow dyeing

The fabrics are rather interesting. This length was the result of my first experiment - snow, dye solution, soda ashed fabric, snow and more dye solution.

I think because I used dye made into a solution I achieved a fabric with very little white background. I really like the explosions of green/blue surrounded by the magenta.
My second experiment had fewer layers - soda ashed fabric, snow and sprinkled dye powder (rust brown and indigo). The resulting marks on the fabric are much softer but still rather good.

Isn't that selvedge edge rather gorgeous?
In a way I hope that is the end of my snow dyeing experiments for this year. The snow has almost disappeared here and I don't really want to see anymore until next winter!
Yesterday I went to Oxford to visit the Ashmolean Museum where there is an incredible exhibition of Japanese embroidery and tapestry, Threads of Silk and Gold. The work was exquisite and I would definitely recommend a visit although it does finish this Sunday, 27th January.

The textiles were made for western homes during Japan's Meiji era (1868 - 1912) a time when European Impressionist painters were influenced by Japanese art and Victorian homes were filled with Japanese decorative arts and crafts. Exotic birds and animals, blossoms and landscape together with scenes from everyday life were all on display. The workmanship was mind blowing!
I feel the need to stitch!
Have a creative weekend and thank you for dropping by.


  1. Yes, I love the selvedge too, I love a frayed edge, sends me all weak at the knees ;-) You've got some super marks. I do hope too that we have had the last opportunity for snow dyeing this year.

  2. Lovely little landscape! I didn't recognise the yellow circle in what I presume is sky - what is it!!! I had a go at snow dyeing too. First results were dull, but I found that packing the snow quite tightly seemed to get the splitting, crystalline effect. Fingers crossed there is no further opportunity until November at the earliest, and I will keep looking for elusive yellow circles in the sky!