I thought the starter bottles were 1 ounce, so I asked for 8 ounces- it turns out they are like a half ounce, and 8 ounces is A LOT, so I should have dye for quite some time. I think it has a shelf life of a year or two (but have read of it lasting up to 10!) so I'm going to need to go on a dyeing spree.
Christmas I had a good start at it, I wanted to do gradations and saw a tutorial of how to dilute the same amount of dye more and more in successive dye baths to get a gradation. Sadly, it didn't work for me. (Well, it kind of did on the blue, you can see it is lighter on the last one.) But I did get pretty fabric. There were 4 of each color, but I already broke into some of it for a fused quilt...so one yellow is missing.
So after doing that, I did some snow dyeing. Snow dyeing is when you put the fabric in a container, pile snow on top of it and then put the dyes on it like a snow cone. The melting is what determines the patterns in the ice. In the above picture you can see the first two I did, with Radiance fabric (half silk). I actually like the patterns on cotton better. I love the orange (made with fuschia and yellow), which is good because I accidentally put in two fat quarters instead of one.
accordion pleated and folded in half. The purple is folded like a flag and then a resist is created using jar lids. I asked Kevin to take pictures, and really appreciate that he did (his camera is confusing, I can't use it much) but I don't think he did the best job of showing off the fabrics. (The green is snow dyed.)
For my gradation, I didn't plan to use a resist, but it came out like one on the Pimatex, the technique I used was putting them in large solo cups, but one of the resist techniques was scrunching in small cups, so I guess I didn't have enough room. I also thought this little pattern was quite funny:
Also, none of these fabrics are PFD. I prewashed regular fabric- this is all from Fabric.com and it all dyed beautifully. I had written what was what, but other than the pink being Pimatex, I can't remember. So my lesson learned: buy what is on sale, prewash. I tried the Timeless Treasures Broadcloth, the Cotton Broadcloth ($2.98/yd!), the Cotton Supreme Solids, the Premium Broadcloth (kind of thick), and the Moda Bella Broadcloth. Everything looked great. I also dyed some Kona I had on hand.