Thursday, February 28, 2008

Travel Scarf 4

I didn't realize how cool this project was until it was too late to go back and take pictures of everything we took rubbings of. This end of my scarf has a rubbing from Florence that has the word "Firenze" on it as well as a fleur de lies, symbol of this city. It was just there in the sidewalk around the corner from our hotel. I had to pull a small weed that was growing on it and brush the dirt off, but that was a small price to pay for a free memento of a magical city.
The words on this end of the scarf are from the ship. How lucky we were that Royal Caribbean likes to use raised letters for their stateroom numbers!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Travel Scarf 3

Here is the tablet in Ephesus, written in Greek, that we took a rubbing from,
and here is how it appeared on the scarf.
The word "Dubrovnik" is from a man hole cover in our first port of call, which was of course, Dubrovnik, Croatia. We spent most of the day walking the walls of the old city looking for something that would make a good rubbing and a perfect memento. We did a grape leaf and found the word "Margit" for Peggy's scarf but that was it. When we finally got into the old town we found this manhole cover. It was so clean that it shone!!! We had no trouble adding it to our scarves as there is no vehicle traffic in the walled part of the city.
The pattern to the right of the Ephesus tablet is from the bathroom floor in the cabin of our cruise ship. Once you start looking you see patterns that will make great rubbings everywhere!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Travel Scarf 2

While on vacation this summer I took a rust dyed scarf and Shiva Paintstiks along to collect rubbings from different places. The Paintstiks were in silver, gold and copper or as I like refer to them, "Rust-Tex Co-ordinates".
This summer the USD to the Euro was not strong. I was glad to have a way to remember my trip without spending much money. It also got us out of the tourist areas and into the town looking for manhole covers with the name of the town on it. We must have seemed strange to the locals as we rubbed our hands over every thing to determine if it was raised up enough to make a good rubbing.
So the picture of the day is of the bedside table in our hotel on Florence,
and how the rubbing is on the scarf. In this picture you can also see we took Pigma pens in brown and black to label where the rubbings were from.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Playing with Paintstiks

Today I am posting pictures of a rust dyed scarf that had patterning I felt was weak. Because rust dyeing is so unpredictable that happens frequently. I set those scarves aside to turn them into Rust-Tex Plus Scarves.
This first picture shows the finished Rust-Tex Plus Scarf. You can see I used Shiva paint sticks in gold, silver and copper to decorate it.
In the other two pictures you will see what I used as my "rubbing plates".
Two pieces of pressed glass from the thrift shop.
Pretty cool huh?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

My OTHER Studio Companion

I am back from a wonderful and productive week-end quilting retreat. Next time I will have to bring more projects as I went as far as I could on ALL the projects I brought.
The picture of the day is of my other studio companion. His name is Neekum, which is a Japanese term of endearment for a small male. He lives outside in a hutch but I bring him in the house and let him run in my sewing studio until he settles down into his cardboard box. When I work outside in the Rust-Tex Dye Studio, I put a harness on him attach that to a leash and steak him out where I can keep an eye on him while I work. He loves to dig and eat the roots of whatever he is digging up.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Quilting Retreat

I am going on a retreat this week-end to Fern Hill Retreat Center so I won't be posting until Monday. Here is a picture from the last time I was at Fern Hill.
With eating chocolate, reading trashy novels, and having time to sew without having the responsibilities of hearth and home you can understand why quilter's like to go on retreats.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Theresa's New Job

If you are a regular reader of Rust-Tex.Blogspot.Com you know my studio companion, Theresa. She usually earns her keep by modeling Rust-Tex scarves and clothing. Today she found another way to be useful in the studio. I don't know how I would have managed with out her!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

An Icy Day for Voting

The weather today is in the single digits F, but that will not keep us from voting in the Wisconsin Primary.
Neither will an icy car!!!
Yesterday, my eldest daughter and I, spent about 30 minutes defrosting the car windows. Most of the car is still coated with ice.
Poor car, has to spend the winters outside as the picnic table, sink and my precious rusty items winter in the garage.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Wishing for Spring

Here is a picture of the Rust-Tex dye studio that I took today.
Will that pile of snow ever melt so I can start rust dyeing again?
This year in Madison, WI we broke the previous most snow for a season. We are at 83" and more is on the way!