Monday, May 28, 2007

Rust Dyeing

The challenge for this month on Fibre Art Friends is rust dyeing and the results that some of the members have achieved are fantastic so I thought I would have a go.
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 Fran├žoise’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:

Francoise - Creatilfun

Helen - Quilts & ATC's

SuZ - SuZ Stuff

Mags - Digital Gran

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Fran├žoise said...

Hey, your rusted fabrics look very good!

Alis said...

Those are really great. The silk worked very well.

Doreen G said...

I've never seen black rusted fabric before -trust you to think of it.

StegArt said...

I'll be anxious to hear your review of your Rust Tex CD. Interesting how the rust shows up on the black.

Debbi B said...

Your rusted fabrics look great - I have been reading about the process a bit lately and will have to try it - perhaps with all those peieces of metal I have been rusting for collages! The Zine looks great (congratulations) - I subscribed as soon as I heard about it. Pity Sept seems so far away... Debbi B

Jacquelines blog said...

I like it very much!

Susan said...

Love the rust! I'll have to try the dark fabrics soon!

Dianne said...

They look good. The darker coloured rusted fabrics are really interesting.

Nancilyn said...

Your blog today is a treasure of information! I'm going to try some rust dying today. After following your links, I've decided to just do it.
Congratulations on your upcoming eZine. I can hardly wait.
Also, would you email me about your Fiber Friends Group.

Waltraud said...

These results are phantastic. And thank you for the very interesting links.

marion said...

Thank you muchly for reminding me that the cloth doesn't have to be white for me to dye it with seems obvious now I see it, and that dark piece of yours is lovely, but I hadn't actually *done* it. I'm having a dye week, so this will be one of the things I do. Thanks again!