|Wet PFD, vinegar and rusty nails and clips.|
|I spread out the nails and clips on the plastic.|
Then covered it with the wet fabric. And then poured
some vinegar over the surface.
|After one day.|
|I soaked the piece in salted water.|
|Hanging to dry.|
|The whole piece.|
A friend of mine was inspired by a recent Quilting Daily post about a surface design Round Robin. So she conned, er invited a bunch of us to participate. I decided to start my piece with some rust dyeing. I had done a trial of that a couple of summers ago. Of course, I can't find the instructions that I used nor did google bring up the one that I used. So after reading several other tutorials, I decided to try the vinegar method. The previous time it used kosher salt. I first wet thoroughly a half yard of PFD. I spread out a piece of plastic (a used plastic birthday tablecloth from the dollar store). I scattered a bunch of rusty nails and clips over the plastic. I then layered the fabric over the rusty items, pressing down to make sure that it was touching as much as possible. I doused the fabric with white vinegar. I used the plastic tablecloth to cover up the fabric. I didn't want it to dry out too fast. I put some rocks on the corners, I had it outside so that the sun could keep it nice and warm.
I checked it that evening and it had dried out a bit, so I spritzed it with water and covered it up again. The next day I checked it and it was still wet. Later in the afternoon I decided it was dark enough. I threw all the nails and clips into the bucket for the next time. I rinsed out the fabric and then I put it to soak in a small bucket of salted water. I did not measure the water or the salt. I let it soak for several hours. Then I rinsed it again and let it soak overnight in plain water. Very little color was in the water in the morning. The hanging to dry photo has a better view of the real color.
So now I will press it, put my initials in the corner and mail it off to the next person. Our group likes to do the "no peeky" rule in round robins. So I won't be able to show what I will do to everyone else's piece.
This is my Off the Wall post for this week. Check out what everyone else is up to at Nina-Marie's blog.