Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rust Dyeing Cotton for Quilting

This week I had some fun rust dyeing muslin again.  This is a fun technique and very easy to do. 
I mix water and vinegar, dip the muslin in it then wrap up some old rusty metal items.  Then I put it all in a plastic bag, leave it outside overnight.  I leave the bag open so some air can get in, it helps with the rusting process.  I never know what I'm going to get and that's the best part. 

The bottom two photos are of a completed Art Quiltlet I made using some of my rusty cotton.  I also used some other fabric I dyed and stamped.  The photo transfer is of the back of an old rusty pickup truck.  I altered the photo first in a photo program before printing on to cotton.

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