I’ve been experimenting recently,

not trying to make or achieve anything in particular

but rather, just seeing what happens if…

so, this is what happens if you put lots of staples into a piece of tea stained calico

and then soak it briefly in a 50/ 50 water and vinegar mixture and then leave it alone for a week or two.


And so much more fun than all the other things I’m supposed to be doing.

6 Responses to “Rust”

  1. Joanna Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Did you see on the Edible garden that they put flowers and leaves inside some calico and hen hit it all over with a hammer to create a print. I could see that filling a gap when I should be doing something else!

  2. scentedsweetpeas Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    ooohh I saw that on Edible garden too (what joanna was saying) – it creates an image of the flower that looks like a photo of it, very clear! Loving the rust idea. I wonder if if you threaded a spring though the fabric and did it it would create circles? hhhmm that would fill some more time for you 🙂 Ooh by the way saw your lovely dog design in a magazine in WH Smith yesterday, very gorgeous.

  3. jude Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 12:08 am

    i love this.

  4. Debbie St. Germain Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 3:07 am

    That is a neat effect. I have used metal when dying wool to age it more, but that is a good effect to age material for prim quilting.


  5. Julia Says:
    May 3rd, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Hey – that’s really cool. I presume the vinegar accelerates the rust process. You could make patterns with the staples…I might have to try this out. Thank you

  6. Pat Sieler Says:
    May 3rd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Intentional is always good. Now. what will you do with this? Connect the dots? I know you will come up with something worthwhile and fun.

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