My results are nothing special for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I couldn’t really find anything decorative that was sufficiently rusty to wrap the fabric around and secondly, I am far too impatient – I only left these pieces for one day!
Once the fabrics had dried out I rinsed them in soapy water to get rid of the smell of vinegar. I was amazed that the rust colour did not wash out. The silk pieces seemed to take the rust far better than the cotton.
This one is silk chiffon,
and this one is silk noil.
I wrapped two coloured pieces of fabric around a rusty metal bar to see what would happen. The black piece is cotton and the blue piece, which is actually darker than in the photograph, also cotton, had previously been dyed with procion dyes.
I followed a link on Françoise’s blog to this website, Rust Tex and have purchased the CD which should arrive any day now, in the hope that I too will get some truly stunning results.
For some really good rust dyeing experiments from the Fibre Art Friends group, take a look at these blogs:
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