Monday, February 14, 2011

Ice Cube Dyeing

Carol Tackett, of the QuiltArt list, has been experimenting with something new ... ice cube dyeing.  Here are some of her results, along with her comments:

These are the results of ICE CUBE dyeing.  I used ice cube trays and froze the dyes that were very concentrated with urea.

I put a wet soda soaked piece of fabric on a dye table, placed the ice cubes randomly around on top of the fabric, then place another piece of wet soda soak fabric over the top.

I used a hammer to break the cubes up just slightly, covered with plastic and allowed to sit and "batch".  It was quite cold outside, in the high 40's and the table is in the shade.  I left it all day.  These are the results.

The heavier dyed side is the bottom piece of fabric and the lighter piece with more white areas was the top fabric.

I need to do more experimenting but this is the first attempt.

Thanks, Carol, for sharing these results with us ... verrrrry interrrresting!


  1. That is a really cool technique, thanks for sharing.
    I really want to try this now...My ice cube tray is Tigger shaped so that could bring some interesting results!

  2. Wow! Great results! I may have to give that one a try! I had to laugh at your comment of 40 degrees outside being very cold. We are in the 40s now and that's a heat wave for us. LOL!

  3. Oh what fun - I'll have to try that. I'm also in CA and we are expecting snow this week so maybe can do both.

  4. Ice cube dyeing is not new to me, but this variation is. Have to try it out soon.

  5. Beautiful results! Thanks for sharing and it looks like fun too.

  6. Thanks for sharing this technique. I can see the difference between top and bottom fabric. I personally prefer the bottom one...the last photo is my fav. Hope you will share photos of more experiments with ice. You stated earlier that you would try ice without Urea so it would freeze better. Curious how that turns out. Thanks again.

  7. The last piece is my favorite too. The fabrics will be great for your lovely work.


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