A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ice Dyeing

Many of you may have tried this technique, with varying results. Below are pictures of a few of my early experiments:



This was part of a parfait ice dye experiment, and I used lots of different colors and probably way more dye powder than I needed.  I love the markings, but never did figure out what to do with it.


Another example of ice dyeing, not my favorite effort, but it’s good to compare with what I have been able to achieve since I took a fabulous on-line class offered by Lynda Heines, one of our alumni from a few years back. I took Lynda’s class, available at lyndaheines.com, last year, and learned so much from her to help me get some wonderful, consistent results!  Here are some of the pieces I dyed using her instructions:


The above are fabrics, and below are some garments I have dyed all using her techniques.



I won’t go into process here, since there are plenty of basic resources online for basic ice dyeing, but I will tell you if you are serious about learning this dyeing technique, Lynda’s class is very informative and affordable. Lynda provides great downloadable tutorials and tools to help, and she has created a closed Facebook for students where we can share our results and learn more from her and each other.  Now that warmer weather is coming, it’s a great time to give this great technique a try!

14 comments:

  1. Those are some really great dyes. I especially like the waterfall jacket and the tie dye on the shoulder.

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  2. I did an online ice dyeing class with a different fiber artist, and was extremely disappointed with the amount of information presented and with the absolute lack of participation in the Facebook group for the class, even from the instructor. Maybe I'll try Lynda's next time!

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    1. It would be well worth it, Laura! Lynda has video, downloadable materials, and we have had a great continuing participation on the FB group. Hope to see you on there soon!

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    2. Laura, Would love for you to join us. If you go to the classroom you can check out my promo video and see what's included. You'll see I've added more since I filmed that a year ago. I continue to add more content so it's always a moving target! If you have any questions after checking out the video, please feel free to email me.

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  3. Tried going to Lynda's site. All that is there are photography links.

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    1. I tried the link, too, but it obviously isn't working anymore.

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    2. Try this one: http://www.bloombakecreate.com

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  4. Sorry, I had the link wrong in the post. Try going to lyndaheines.com without the 'www' in front and it will take you there.

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    1. Barbara, So glad you joined us. Can't wait to see your pretties!

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  6. Judy, Thank you so much for mentioning my class. Yes, it's lyndaheines.com. I just checked www.lyndaheines.com and for some reason it doesn't go to the classroom. I need to check on that. Thank you Claire and Laura for seeing that problem.

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    1. Happy to share the wealth (of knowledge), Lynda!

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  7. Nice work! How did you get the separation between the dark blue and the yellow in the first picture? Mine always ends up making green instead of staying separated.

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    1. I wish I had an answer for you! It's been a few years since I did that piece... all I can remember is that I did it in a "parfait" manner - a layer of fabric, some dye, another layer of fabric, more dye, etc. I don't even remember how I did the ice cubes... all on top? Between layers? Sheesh!

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