So....the results are in..... In my opinion, microwave ice dyeing is a good option for cotton when quick results and small amounts are desired. However, our group will need to do more experimenting to develop more predictable results.
Mine are a bit disappointing....NOT that I didn't have a grand time.....the Fiber Junkies meetings are one of the highlights of my month...no matter what we do!
I purposely experimented with mostly non-cottons....which I suspect affected the outcome a lot. But, a gal wants to know....'what if'.BEFORE - a hunk of peachy/pinkish Easter egg color National NonWovens WoolFelt. This was a 80/20 blend....not intended to be washed and dried....much less boiled in hot dye! I really dislike this color.....
......So....I had nothing to lose. This is the AFTER.....cooled off but still not yet rinsed. Not wonderful but it had potential.
AFTER - AFTER - yuck....rinsed, washed in synthrol, and dried. The surface is now very pilled, distorted, pale, ugly. But....what a challenge, right??
Another day I added the brown lines during an acrylic painting marathon that my friends Kate and Judy and I had. Now I really hated it....honestly, this photo is much better than the piece is.
AFTER - It was microwave ice dyed using blue Procion MX......unfortunately, it's still ugly.
AFTER - BACK SIDE - Now...perhaps this has more potential.
BEFORE - on left - AFTER on Right....not much difference is there? I placed this loosely woven cotton.....almost linen looking but it isn't.... beneath another piece of fabric which was sitting on a plastic strainer. The idea is that as the ice/dye melts.....it strikes the first piece of fabric, and the liquid works its way to the bottom layer. Often yielding some really great designs. Unfortunately, not in this case. I'll redye it for sure.
BEFORE - LEFT - A piece of pale celery green silk noil....
AFTER - right......well now we are talking!!! I love this one!!!