I used to do a lot of quilting, not so much in recent years, but I am working on one now so I've been getting a quilting newsletter that gave directions for this method. You guys may not be too interested but I'm sure some of our fabric mavens will be. I'm anxious to try it. How Dye Fabric with Rust By Laurie Brooks Materials Metal tray Spray bottle Vinegar Water Salt Solid, light-colored fabric Steel wool Pieces of old metal such as washers, springs, grates, and nails Large sheets of plastic or a large plastic bag Stack of books or other flat, heavy objects Note: Be aware that most metal products now are made NOT to rust. I find the best place to look for objects is at scrap yards, machine shops, and flea markets. I've experimented rusting on different weights of linen and cotton. My favorite is 100% white cotton as it produces the richest colors. You may also want to try using silks. Whatever you choose, the fabric must be pre-washed and free of sizing or other fabric treatments. Fiber art made with rust-dyed fabric by Laurie Brooks. Directions: 1. Using a clean spray bottle, combine 1 part water with 1 part vinegar. 2. Lay the fabric on a metal tray, such as a cookie sheet or baking pan. 3. Spray the fabric thoroughly with the water and vinegar mixture. 4. Tear pieces of steel wool and scatter them on the fabric. Arrange the other metal objects in a random manner, leaving enough negative space to develop or embellish with other materials. Later you may want to be more deliberate with the placement of metal objects to create a particular design or pattern. 5. Spray across the top if the fabric and objects again with the water and vinegar mixture. 6. Slide the tray into a plastic bag, or wrap it securely in sheets of plastic and close up the ends. 7. Place books or other flat objects on top of the metal pieces to make certain they are pressed into the fabric. 8. Leave the wrapped fabric overnight in a warm place. It can be left for up to 24 hours, depending on the depth of color desired. 9. Unwrap the fabric and remove the metal objects. Neutralize the fabric by placing it into 4 gallons of water mixed with ¼ cup salt. After neutralizing, the fabric can then be washed in soap and water.