Rust Dyeing Fabric – Hobby Farms

Rust Dyeing Fabric – Hobby Farms.

 

What Is Rust Dyeing?
Rust dyeing is an easy, fascinating way to dye fabric. You can dye wonderful imprints on cotton, silk, wool or even synthetic fibers using rusty “stuff.”

I’ve dyed:

  • Cotton quilting fabric
  • Silk scarves and shawls
  • Flannel fabric for sewing

 

 

You can achieve batik-like effects and wonderful color shifts by over dyeing colored fabrics.
You can achieve batik-like effects and wonderful color shifts by over dyeing colored fabrics.

I’ve even dyed silk ties and shirts to give as gifts – all using rusty nails, bolts, sprockets, hinges, wire and other rusty objects found our two-acre farm.

What Is Rust … and What Will Rust?
Rust is the common word for several naturally occurring iron oxides. These iron oxides are formed by the corrosion of iron or steel; this corrosion happens when iron is exposed to oxygen and water.

Rust will permanently dye a variety of fabrics, and can even dye other materials such as leather and paper. The resulting fabric is completely colorfast, washable and totally unique.

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