Saturday, March 2, 2013
If you weren't here for part 1, which I posted yesterday, please go here before reading further.
When I felt the color of the water in the pot was saturated, I removed the pot from the heat and allowed it to cool.
Next, wearing rubber gloves, I rinsed all the fabric pieces in a mixture of water and baking soda because all the pieces had been exposed to rust. Of course, I lost a lot of color rinsing the fabric, even though the rusty iron acted as a mordant. For those of you not familiar with the word "mordant," it is the element or substance used to set dyes. A mordant allows the dye to be absorbed through a chemical reaction. Rust is one such mordant. Vinegar and salt are two others which can be added either before, during, or after the initial process.
As an aside, I always caution that anytime rust or rusty fabric is involved, wear gloves and wash the fabric in baking soda and water to neutralize the rust.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, because like many of you, I take on a lot of experimental projects, like dyeing fabric, with no immediate use for them. But of course, one of these days the opportunity will arise and one of these pieces will be the perfect addition to a quiltlet, a scrappy journal cover, or collage. Thanks for dropping by. I have to admit, this technique took a lot longer to create than it took to photograph and explain. And I did it all using no chemicals or dyes.