Saturday morning on the beach yielded a rusty treasure – a pole, the size of an axle, perfect for shibori wrapping. My wonderful husband lugged it home for me – though it’s not far to go, it was quite heavy! I’ve collected a few other little rusty odds and ends on our walks as well.

rusty things

In the new year I’ll try some silk wrapping, but as it’s going to be outside in the salty air anyway and it’s bound to rain quite a bit I’m just leaving it covered in a strip of calico and will see what’s happened in two weeks’ time.

wrapped pole

I had a bug last week, still recovering from it in fact, and so I got behind with work and that left very little time for making. Just a couple of small felt samples, trying to capture some of the colours of the sea and sky, and the winter machair. The top one is nuno felt – merino and silk tops on silk georgette, and the bottom one is merino – it looks the same size but is really just a scrap, much smaller – how hard it is to get a sense of scale on-screen. I actually remembered to measure shrinkage on the nuno sample, which started with a piece of silk 35 x 26 cm and is now 23 x 13cm.

nuno sample

merino sample

mmmmm, rust

9 thoughts on “mmmmm, rust

  • December 15, 2008 at 6:48 pm
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    Hi Fiona, lovely felt pieces. I do like the colours. Did you felt on just one side or make a georgette sandwich?

  • December 17, 2008 at 10:23 am
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    so you too have been bitten by the rust bug!
    The colors of the felted pieces are gorgeous,your felts are really going places.

    neki desu

  • December 19, 2008 at 10:59 pm
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    The Tiree air is obviously agreeing with you! Lovely pieces

  • December 20, 2008 at 8:50 pm
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    I can see amazing landscapes in that.

  • December 24, 2008 at 11:58 pm
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    Hi Fiona,
    here’s wishing you the warmest of hebridean fire-sides with love and happiness over this season and for 2009

    May your stars always be bright,
    and the winds of change never knock your baubles down!

  • December 29, 2008 at 8:16 pm
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    Your part of the world sounds magical to me. I’m hoping you’ve recovered and are feeling healthy and strong. Wishing you a happy turn of the year, and a new year full of joy and creative endeavor.

  • January 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm
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    I’ve just spotted your reference to a rusty pipe and other rusted pieces. Are you planning for the rust to show through your shibori wrappings? If so it’s probably happened by now! I’m working with stains, etc. at the moment so I’m curious. I had a friend at college who did jewellery and made wonderful metal discolourations but I didn’t actually take much notice at the time. Soft and pliant stuff more my thing.

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  • January 21, 2009 at 9:46 am
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    the colours in the felt are beautiful ~ did I read correctly that youre in Tiree ~ my friend goes there every year and she makes amazing art from the inspiration she gathers there, I will have to visit one day ~ Judy

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