I am so addicted to ice dyeing as it gives both brilliant color and is very easy and fast to do. It's also a safe process if you follow the suggestions for safe use. Wear a mask throughout the entire process and gloves. Use designated equipment and a place away from food (kitchen) while dyeing fabric.
I have many blogs that detail the process in step by steps if you're interested in pursuing this. Basically, you need a microwave, a microwave safe bowl, ice and fabric. I use Procion MX dyes as the colorant and soda ash which is the mordant and holds the color permanently in the fabric. The samples above are done on a mercerized cotton on the left, silk organza on the right. Both the cotton and peach organza were dyed in the same batch. You can see that both have brilliant color. The green organza is also intense; you can achieve a softer look by using less dye powder.
They're all China silk (also known as Habotai) and are 8mm weight (8 momme...pronounced "mummy" as in "Return of the Mummy"). This is a pretty common weight for the China silk scarves. I like to pin them on the design wall next to each other so I can see the variety of colors.....how many blues etc.; they will all be going to my gallery space at Woolworth Walk