Thursday, November 20, 2008

Coffee, tea or rust?

Okay, so the giveaway is (what folly) extended indefinitely because folks out there just don't yet know that they really, really want that fibers magazine. So, let us divert our attention to something more pleasing. I have been experimenting with new ways to make marks on fabric, and to my surprise, though coffee and tea are most appetizing, rust is my current favorite. Coffee, I found is stronger, dyes darker than tea and is more colorfast. But rust, lovely rust, of the sort that never stops, is unpredictable and poorly behaved. It bleeds where it likes and continues the process long after you wish it to. And it can take a bit of weaseling to beg old rusty parts off your in laws. The one pictured is made from an old brake drum, some steel wool and rusty pipe fittings. So, if you have anything just sitting away in a rustbucket, save it! And make something with it.

2 comments:

denise said...

Great color! I love the funky circle patterns on the right too...

Shana said...

Thanks! Those are the rust marks. Last night I cooked a pot of fabric in mulberries, nice purple color!