Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rust Dyeing

Yesterday I tried rust dyeing for the first time.

I soaked a fat quarter size piece of fabric in a solution of half water/half vinegar, just to dampen it, and then loosely wrapped it around some old, clean, rusty items. The whole thing was placed in a bag, just so it would remain moist, but the bag was open a bit, because it needed oxygen to work. I turned the bag over a few times during the day.

This morning it looked like this (about 18hours) - the fabric was a piece that already had some holes, and I was worried that the rust would cause more holes. It turned out fine and I could have left it longer.

The results look like an old rag used to wipe the garage floor, but it has some really interesting spots -

each side of the fabric is different -

same with this area -

Next time I would tightly wrap the fabric around the rusty item.
It is nice to try something new and this one was pretty easy. It will be good for an art quilt.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Heather said...

very nice colours and textures. Will have to keep and eye out for some rusty bits.

Raewyn said...

Gosh the things you get up to!!This fabric will make an interesting art quilt - I will be intrigued to see what you do with it!!

Missie of Traditional Primitives said...

Very cool! I tried staining with coffee in the oven the other day, but I may have to wash the fabric to get the smell out. It's very strong! This might be another option for that old look! You did good!

Sheila said...

Wonder what you will create with this interesting dye job ? I will be watching .

Needled Mom said...

It looks like an interesting process with fun results.

antique quilter said...

very interesting to see the process. can't wait to see what you make with it.

matistsat said...
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matistsat said...

Hello ... nice work ! My Dyeing teacher calls this the "soupe de clous" ... the "nail soup" ... In French the "nail soup" is the kind of thing you only have to eat ... when there's nothing else !!!! French Humour !!!

This experience is very simple and can be carried out with kids.

Thank you for your very clear sort of "tuto" !!!

A bientôt !


Glen QuiltSwissy said...

I have wanted to do this for a long time, you have pushed my creative buttons!


Barb said...

Cool technique, I've seen or heard of this. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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