For the rust tea, I purloined some suitable ironmongery from the shed and soaked it outdoors in a pail of vinegar for a few weeks. I allowed rain to fall into the bucket, too.
When I fetched the bucket, the concoction had turned into a dark brown syrup, like balsamic vinegar. When I came to dye, I topped up the potion with rainwater, brought it to the boil and then added my stuffs, and let it all simmer gently for a couple of hours.
I restrained myself from muttering incantations over the pot.
These are the results, dried and ironed. I’ve hand-washed one of the fabric pieces and it’s faded to a lovely soft variegated brown.
I’m a novice at this. Anybody out there doing similar? I’d love to see your work and have your tips.
Steal your ideas.