Sunday, December 6, 2015

Ice Dyeing with Resist

Oh My Goodness....I cannot believe how time has flown since I last posted here. I have had quite a busy past few weeks, but not in ways I really wanted to be spending my time.

Right at the end of October one of my outdoor cats sustained a head injury. The minute I saw her come home I rushed her to the vet. Luckily there was someone able to drive me there, because I was in panic mode. I had to feed her for about a two week period as she wasn't eating by herself. I'm happy to say she has made a fabulous recovery and we are so grateful.

Also during that time period I got really sick. I'm not sure if it was just a bad cold or a case of the flu, but I spent a lot of the time on the couch. Doing nothing.

I don't have a lot to show for the past few weeks. But in the days before my cat's injury, I had spent some time with local friends and we had an ice dyeing session.

In a recent issue of Quilting Arts magazine, Lynda Heines, of Bloom Bake & Create blog, had an article about ice dyeing with resists. In her article she used soy wax and Clean Line resist. My friend Sandy already had a bottle of the Clean Line on hand and she so generously shared with everyone. So a few days prior to our dyeing day, we each (at home) applied some Clean Line resist to fabric pieces. Then we met and applied soy wax to more pieces of fabric. And then we ice dyed.

Below are most of my results. I did not have success with the Clean Line resist. I think perhaps it dissolved on the fabric too fast. The only Clean Line resist piece that sort of turned out is the first one shown here. All the rest of the fabrics are done with soy wax.

I'm mostly happy with all my fabrics, except on some I wish I had applied more dye powder so there would be more color/contrast. However, with that said, who knows will happen as the melting ice is what decides where the color goes.


  1. Glad to hear that both you and your cat have recovered. One of the reasons my two cats are indoor cats is because I saw a few too many cats hit by cars on the road. These twenty-year-olds are showing their age but they are still healthy.

  2. gorgeous results Terri! I've never heard of that clean line product, I'll have to get some of that. Glad to hear that you're feeling better.

  3. These fabrics are gorgeous. They totally have your style, color sense and graphic punch.

  4. I don't have much luck with the clean line resist and ice either. The old Presist worked much better, but alas, it is no longer available. I pretty much use soy wax exclusively now as the results are much better. Yours turned out great!

    Glad your kitty has recovered!

  5. My name is Kim Timmons and I just tried ice dying and fell in love with it. I love your colors. I have done some for a final in my masters course for Texas Tech.. And in doing this in my research I discovered your book and have read it from cover to cover and I am fascinated with all of your work. I do not know if you can get to these sites but I would love your advice on some of mine at and

  6. Thanks so much Kim. Your pieces are lovely.

  7. Can I purchase some yardage from you for my daughter who loves reds, oranges, blacks and blues?

    1. Thanks for your interest Mary Ann, but I don't have anything available for purchase right now.


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