Ice Cube Dyed Mandalas
As a member of the Surface Design Yahoo Group, we had an exchange of Ice Cube Dyed Mandalas. I did a test and was not happy with the results. There was not enough definition going around the circle. I had better luck the second time. A lot of people in my quilt guild were interested in the "how did you do it?" so I decided to share what worked for me. Let's start with the eye candy - you can click each to see the detail.
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Please check out my safety information. The main point is that when using Procion MX dyes, you need soda ash (sodium carbonate) to bond the dye to to fibers. By comparison, paint sits on top of the fabric.
White, Prepared for Dyeing Fabric (PFD) - (1) 20" square for each mandala
Soda ash solution: mixed 1/2cup per gallon of water
Cotton String: 1mm wide - non wax finish
Cotton String 2mm wide - non wax finish - you can find this with jewelry-making supplies
1-2 gallon bucket - I have found the PERFECT buckets. They have narrow bottoms and tall sides with lids. They are FREE from my local Culver's. They are the white buckets that the frozen raspberries and strawberries come in . They may look at you funny when you ask, but after they have a flavor that uses them, I was able to get 10-12 a week. I now use 40
With dry fabric, fold the square in quarters, keeping note where the center of the square is. Fold the opposite corners to the center.
Pleat or fold as you desire, using the 1mm wide string to hold them. Lastly, take your folded shape and pleat, accordion-style, beginning with the outer edge and moving to end with the point. To hold these final pleats, use the 2mm string. Vary how you wrap the final pleat: bind by wrapping around the bulk, rolling the string around the bulk or vary it as you wish. I tied my knot above the center of each square so that I would be able to locate it.
Put soda ash solution in your bucket. How much you need depends on how many you are making. Place your bundles in and make sure they are completely submerged for 20 minutes. If something floats, you might need to fill a second bucket with some water and put it inside the other, to keep the fabric under water.
After 20 minutes, remove the bundles and gently squeeze out the extra soda ash, being careful not to undo the pleats and folds.
Place the fabric bundles in a basket or colander, with the centers of the squares (where pins were placed) facing upwards. Below, you can see the container I used to hold the ice: - the rest coming soon