Saturday, September 20, 2008

Rust Dyeing Results

After my fabric set for a week I unwrapped the poles and removed my fabric.  I wanted a little more color so I pole wrapped it and set it in tea for about 10 minutes.  The tea gave it a lovely grey shade to the white areas.  I'm guessing that was because of the vinegar.   I washed the fabric in a mild detergent dried and pressed.  Here are the results.


  1. Love the organic look to these pieces. I mostly wrap my fabric around a bottle with rusted wire but against these they tend to look 'constructed' if you know what I mean. Pieces like yours just look far more natural.
    Plus I'm too impatient to leave them for a week - a couple of days is about my limit :)

  2. It was not the vinegar that gave the lovely gray colors to your rust dyed piece. It was the tea. I very ancient recipe for black is iron oxide, plus tannin acid, plus salt.