We got a surprise few inches of snow this week, which means we got about 2-4 inches when they were only calling for 1-2 inches, and even that forecast didn't really start till Monday for an early morning Tuesday event, so significant snow wasn't really on my radar. Until it appeared. And it hit me - time to snow dye! Hopefully it wouldn't start melting before I made all the preparations; no fear of that, we are in the deep freeze like most of the rest of the east coast and mid-west!
First step was soaking the fabric in a soda ash solution. According to books I reference, the mixture is 9 tablespoons of soda ash to a gallon of water. The solution can be kept indefinitely, so I soak the fabric prior to dyeing, rather than adding soda ash to the dye solution, which limits the effective time of the dye. The fabric should soak in the soda ash for at least 20 minutes.
While that was soaking, I set about preparing my pans and the dye. I have 2 pan set-ups that I can do at the same time, and decided to do 2 dye colors on each one. I wasn't doing a lot of fabric - a half yard for each pan plus some small pieces that I put in the pan to catch the drips from the melting snow dye.
Here are the 2 pan set-ups I use. Both are kitty litter pans, but different sizes. The purple is largest and I have a screen tacked to wooden stretcher strips that sits on top. The soda-ashed fabric gets mounded on top of the screen, smaller pieces in the pan below.