Adult STEM Virtual Workshop: Rust Dying

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Event Details

Learn how to iron to make art

How to participate
1.) Register on the NCW Events Calendar by February 7th
2.) Pick up your kit from your local library before February 16th
3.) Make you you attend both Zoom classes (February 16th and February 23rd)

Adult STEM: Rust Dying


Iron is a metal that oxidizes when it comes in contact with air and moisture. When this happens, the surface becomes red or brown due to the formation of iron oxides. Fabric placed in contact with this rusty surface quickly absorbs the color and develops a permanent print that is impossible to remove.


This will be a two part program.


100% Cotton Fabric

Spray Bottle


Rusty Object (Horse Shoe)

Plastic bag


Part One (Dying the Fabric):

The Process:

1. Wet the fabric so that it is damp or moist, but not dripping. 

2. Create your rust pattern by wrapping or folding the fabric in and around your rusty object(s). You can even choose to bind it more tightly with string or other wire to press the rust more securely into the fabric.

3. Generously spray with vinegar solution (1 part water 2 parts vinegar)

4. Place inside a plastic bag and twist shut. Let sit overnight or until you feel that you have enough rust color to your satisfaction. The longer you leave the fabric in contact with the rust the deeper the color becomes. 

5. To stop the rust process, remove the rust object from the fabric and rinse your fabric.

6. Let dry and move onto part 2.


Part Two:


Needle and thread

Insul bright batting

Rust dyed fabric


Sewing the Hot pad:

1. Place your fabric RS (right sides) together with batting on top.

2. Stitch around the fabric leaving a 4" opening  in the center of one side.

3. Turn right side out and stitch the opening closed.

4. Creatively stitch patterns across your square. These designs will help to hold the batt in place.



After objects are bound



Fabric drying

Event Type(s): Workshop
Age Group(s): Adults

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