Recently I saw this beautiful photo of hand-dyed silk cloth on Facebook, the work of Inge Dam. Her caption was "Snow dyeing surprise." Boy, was I surprised; I'd never heard of snow dyeing! What an interesting concept.
When I inquired about snow-dyeing, she sent me the link to these instructions from the dye manufacturer, PRO Chemical & Dye. http://www.prochemical.com/directions/MX%20PDF/Snow%20Dyeing.pdf
Sounds like fun, right? You can buy the dye and if you can't find snow, then you manufacture your own just like the ski resorts do. (The instructions actually say that you can make your own "snow" by using a snow cone machine.) She used the real stuff.
Inge also sent me these photos of some yarns and the dyeing process. Amazing!
Look at all of those colors!
This is the silk yarn that came out from under all that snow and color.
Inge is a master weaver and textile designer living in Ontario, Canada. She has earned the distinction of Master Weaver from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners by completing an in-depth study of Iron Age Textiles from Northern Europe. Drawing on the inspiration from these studies, she now incorporates tablet woven borders and bands into her loom woven textiles. Her colors are vibrant and beautiful and her combined textures within a single piece create her very unique style. Have a look at the photo gallery here on her website for a real treat! Many thanks to Inge for sharing her photos and inspiration with me and allowing me to share it here with you.