This month’s Goody Pack from The Stitchbook Collective, is all about dyeing and staining.
It probably comes as no surprise that I have a Rust Collection. These are all pieces I have gathered over the last 5 or 6 years whilst beachcombing.
I have been waiting to use them for dyeing fabric, but every time I looked online for instructions, I came across confusing information, so didn’t have a go …. until now!
Helen Birmingham’s written instructions are clear and run alongside a helpful video tutorial. This gave me the perfect kickstart. You can still buy the kit in her online shop.
I relished getting each rusty piece out and arranging them.
enjoying the texture and colours.
Then the happy task of wrapping them in white-vinegar-soaked fabric.
Leaving them overnight was a challenge – I’m SO impatient
Some were stacked on a trivet above my cooling wood-burning stove to speed up the process
I also stained a few bits of paper for collage at the same time.
The larger pieces were put on top of vinegar-soaked fabric and put it in the oven.
I put the oven on the lowest temperature for just five minutes and left for a while, repeating this several times, sprinkling with white vinegar to keep it moist.
The grid effect came from a disposable barbeque mesh, that had been left on the beach.
Nails wrapped in strips of an old calico curtain and the lining were my favourite little experiments
My intention was to dye strips of fabric and embroidery thread to use in textile art
– but I loved the look of the wrapped nails so much I have kept some of them wrapped
and will use them as they are.
To preserve them, I have painted them with some old acrylic varnish found in the garage, left by the previous owner – it must be at least 15 years old, but it did the trick.
This is a little stitched sampler that will go in my Stitchbook.
I am enjoying this so much!
Joining Kate for her monthly Scrap Happy get together.
There are lots more Happy Scrappers to check out as well.
Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.
Have you been creative with things destined for the scrap heap? If so, leave a link in the comments of Kate’s post and join in the fun.