March 30, 2010

Rusting Fabric

I have been trying my hand at rusting fabric, and I believe I'm hooked.  If I can rust fabric in California in a day, what possibilities lie ahead in Kentucky?  Endless!

Recipe:  Mix 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar - add fabric and saturate.
Remove fabric and leave wet.
Place the rusted metal on top of fabric or the fabric over rusted objects or do both - I use a plastic container to hold the items.
When the fabric has rusted to your taste, place the fabric in salt water and soak for about an hour.
Remove the fabric from the salt water and let air dry.
After the fabric has dried, launder in mild detergent.
There you have it - now you too can rust away.

I Am a New Button Floozie

The Button Floozie group just opened up 10 memberships, and I was lucky enough to join their group.  I do enjoy buttons, and this looks like a fun group.  I'm looking forward to participating and getting to know the members.

March 22, 2010

Pretty Flowers Fabric Art Quilt and Mixed Media Wallhanging

I scanned and printed flowers, that I found in my mother's flower press, onto white cotton.  That is the subject for this 12" x 12" wall hanging that I created from, vintage fabrics, lace, buttons and trim.  My rhyme is also printed onto white cotton and highlighted with Twinkling H2o paints.  I used letter beads to spell the title "Pretty Flowers" at the bottom of the piece.

March 14, 2010

Vintage Photo Sunday - Meyer School 1931 & 1932 - South Dakota

This was my dad's grade school in South Dakota - Meyer School.  Isn't it a cute little schoolhouse?

The children are lining up to go into the schoolhouse.  My dad is the fourth child, and his younger brother is the twelfth child who is wearing the glasses.  I count twenty children here, and this school would have been first grade through eight grade.  These are two of the photos in a photo album his teacher made for my dad in the 1931 -1932 school year.