Not being able to post to my blog for a month has taken a toll on my resolutions. I have not been able to post a tutorial during February, so I'm going to do that today. This tutorial will be divided into two parts because there are so many steps. So I hope you'll come back tomorrow when I finish it. It actually took me several days to dye this fabric. It was not one of those tasks you can do in an afternoon.
I first saw this fabric dyeing technique years ago on a blog or web site, but when I tried to find it again, I couldn't. So not only could I not find it, I couldn't exactly remember how it was accomplished. I admit this is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants technique that turned out good in some spots, and not so good in others. However, the idea behind it is just another way I have found to dye fabric without using harmful chemicals or dyes.
Clockwise from back left:
Stainless steel pot (dedicated to crafts only)
Rusted cast iron piece
Wax linen thread
Fabric (old bed sheets torn to a manageable size)
Sticks from my yard (various shapes and diameters, but no wider than the diameter of the pot)
Rusty can lid
(Not shown: various leaves, herbs, and onion skins; protective gloves)
A couple of things I should mention is always start with the stick, rusty piece, or whatever you are wrapping your fabric and leaf bundle around. Be sure to wear gloves any time you are working with rust or rusty pieces.
Tomorrow we make sure the water has heated sufficiently to a slow simmer, and finish this tutorial.
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