Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rusted fabric

I have wanted to try this technique for "dyeing " fabric for awhile. Then when a recent CPS magazine came out with Lesley Riley's rusted fabric projects on the cover I jumped in. I scurried around and set up three experiments and tucked them away where they would not be disturbed. I was to leave them alone for two or three days...... Well, I promtly forgot about them! ( I am sure that none of you have ever done this , I thought not!!! LOL!!)

The other day, while digging around for some trims for another project, I unearthed my rusting project. If you could see my art space right now you would understand why I use the verb unearth!!!!

Here they are!!

This piece was done on plain white muslin using vinegar and water to induce the rusting process. I wrapped the fabric around an iron rack that I had purchased at a Thrift store for $1.I am going to use this piece in an Art Quilt and I plan to make more pieces!!

For this piece I took a series of three iron washers and wrapped them up in a strip of muslin. This is also going to be used for some sort of fabric collage piece.

This piece was done using a iron frame for a tile trivet. I think that this must have scome from a Thrift store as well, at some point. I am in the process of making sketches for each of these rusted pieces. I have come up with some exciting initial ideas. We will see how they turn out! Stay tuned!!

15 comments:

Sue B said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! These are fantastic Elizabeth.

katelnorth said...

Wow, those are all great. Wish I thought I could leave anything alone for that long!

Doreen G said...

What a beautiful example of controlled rusting Elizabeth--well done.

Helen Cowans said...

Love the first rust print - one of the best I've seen! Helen

Susan Italo said...

Beautiful rust fabric! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Lesley Riley said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! You've got cool items to make rust with. Glad I got you going!

Julie said...

These pieces took my breath away when I saw them! Fantastic!

Mo said...

Your wings keep stretching more and more - and what a beautiful view! Keep flying, girlfriend - everything is gorgeous!

Dianne said...

Oh Wow, you clever girl!!! Look at that top one - it's fantastic.

Scrappy Cat said...

Very cool fabrics - I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Cheryl

English Rose said...

holy moley, these are fantastic. can't wait to see what you do with them.

Ro Bruhn said...

These are fabulous Elizabeth, I also had a go at this after reading Lesley's article, I used an old rusty bike chain with mine.

Liz said...

Wow, I love your birds - I've done quite a bit of rust dyeing but never got anything like that (I've got a few spanner images and stuff like that - not nearly so exciting!!).

JO WHOLOHAN said...

these are fantastic, love the birdies :))

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

These are fantastic! I really need to try this!

chris p

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