This snowy winter has been a good one to try out more snow dyeing. I have enjoyed experimenting with this technique for the last year, along with my dyeing friends Trina Weller and Leona Law.
Using snow in the recipe for dyeing cotton fabrics (for quilts and other fiber art projects) changes the dye chemistry. The dyes we use (Procion dyes) are meant to be applied to fabric at room temperature, 70 degrees or more. Mixing them with snow makes the mixed colors come apart, and strike the fabric differently. The resulting fabric is beautiful, and unlike fabric dyed with other methods.
You can learn more about how to snow dye by visiting Prochemical and Dye's blog. There is a link to my written instructions as well as a slide show of the process: http://prochemical.wordpress.com/
Here is a photo of snow dyed fabric. The dye color is Indigo Blue, and the fabric is cotton sateen. The photo was taken by Leona Law.