Monday, March 8, 2021

Ice Dye Adventures: Jackson Tee and Tea Towels

 Woop, woop! Another Jackson Tee in a fun fabric!

The fabric is a bamboo (maybe?) french terry (same substrate as the blue fabric I used for Tim's Jackson). Tim got it for me in Japan, but I wasn't in love with the color for me- it was a light sea green that washed me out.

So I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out some of the ice dyeing techniques everyone's been doing on ye olde interwebs (see HeatherCaramiyaNancy and many others!).

Before dyeing my french terry I decided to test run the method and my colors. I bought some cotton tea towels, dye and mordant from Dharma Trading Co. and had a go! For colors I opted for blues and greens: better blue green, cayman isle green, and teal blue. 

I won't get into detail on how I did my ice dyeing; there are so many great tutorials out there (see Dharma Trading Co., Seamwork, Elizabeth Made This, Closet Core Patterns, and so on.). The only thing I did differently was to use snow from my yard rather than a bag of ice. Snow was plentiful at the time!

I loved how my tea towels turned out... marbleized and colorful and fun!

However, the french terry definitely didn't turn out the same as my towels! 

I don't know if it's the substrate/fabric content, the size of the piece of fabric I was dyeing (the 2 meter x 60" piece was a little squished up on my rack), or the fact that the snow was icier (we had a warm spell and then a re-freeze between when I dyed the tea towels vs. the french terry), but the dye was a bit spotty, the lines less distinct, and the color a bit less vibrant (almost muddy!). 

It's still pretty, though, so I forged ahead with my project!

I went for a long sleeved Helen's Closet Jackson Tee. Same as my last tees, I went with a size 20 with the View A length and the View C/D sleeves.

I have a weird phobia of cuffs, though, so I just lengthened the sleeves by 2.5 inches and hemmed them by 1 inch.

It turned out so cute! 

I'll definitely plan on some more ice dyeing at some point. Maybe when it's a bit warmer out and I can try it outside. I'm interested in trying a single color; I'm fascinated how some of the dye "split" into their component colors during the ice dyeing process!


  1. The tee might not be as vibrant as the tea towels, but it is certainly as fabulous! Love these, Meg

  2. Your items are lovely. I've done a lot of snow dyeing and can safely say that the results are always a surprise. Good thing is that you can always repeat the process if you don't like the result. Or overdye with a procion dye.

  3. It's awesome looking! Thanks for the tips on "ice dyeing "

  4. The results of each dying test are lovely. In my experience, one can never predict what the result will be. Could I ask which colors you used? Thank you, Annette