First up, was some rust dyeing. We wrapped some rusty bits in silk scarf blanks and then simmered the scarves in a pot of yellow onion skins overnight.
I tried a new to me technique using steel wool. I got the idea from here. Whenever I dye anything I start by washing it in Synthrapol. With rust dyeing there is no need to pre-mordant.
The materials needed are basic, gloves, an empty wine bottle, a package of steel wool, some string or rubber bands, white vinegar and water.
1. Wear gloves, the steel wool can cause small cuts on your hands. I might have learned this the hard way.
2. Unfold the steel wool into long strips and wrap around the wine bottle.
3. Take the wet scarf and wrap it in a spiral up to the neck of the wine bottle.
4. Secure with rubber bands or string. I used an old rusty strip of metal.
5. Place the bottle down in a bucket and spray with solution of 50% water and 50% white vinegar. Try to saturate all parts of the bottle.
I then folded the scarves between two blocks of wood and gave them a quick dip into the indigo pot. Easy as pie!