Friday, September 14, 2012


Well, I'm trying to rust some fabric using the burn barrel in my yard.    I got the idea off of another blog, can't remember which one, but have been thinking about trying it for a few weeks now.  I tied some fabric around it yesterday, then sprayed it with vinegar and covered with some plastic.
The plastic blew off a couple of times before I secured it really well, I think I might leave this out there for a week or so and see what happens.  I ran out of vinegar, and went to the store to get some, plus a few more groceries.  When I got home, I couldn't find the vinegar, or some other items I bought--I left one bag at the checkout counter, apparently.  Since it's a 10-mile round trip to the store and home, I picked it up on my way to work this morning, so I can re-spritz it tonight after work.

I've been doing some experiments with textures and creating fabrics, too, using soluble stabilizer and layering pieces of fabric and stitching like crazy.  A friend of mine told me about Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn, who write books about creating texture, hand embroidery, and all kinds of other great stuff.    She let me borrow two of her books by them, Fragile Fabrics and Creative Embroidery, which have been inspirational.

This was my first attempt, I stopped too soon:

 This was my second attempt, I added lots more layers and some eyelash yarn and a bunch of different colors of nylon netting.  Really liking how this turned out--I definitely can see myself continuing with this.
I'm linking up to the Off The Wall Friday today, hope you check out all the links there!


  1. I love your experiments. They are beautiful.

  2. Looking forward to seeing the fabric when you remove it from the burning barrel. I keep wanting to do something like this, but just don't. Gotta' make a note about spraying with vinegar - thanks for that. And your textured pieces - I like them, too. A lot.

  3. I love this kind of work. Using everything up :)

  4. I really like these. Penny Sisto, a fiber artist I really admire, showed me this technique and told me she uses it quite often. She likes to put snippets of metallics into hers. I will definitely have to try this.

  5. I really like that last piece -- so cool