Friday, May 09, 2008

Fish Scales

These fish scales are from the cast iron pan I showed in my last post. They transfered from the pan to the cloth very nicely. So I thought I could create a school of five fish swimming across a fat eighth of fabric surrounded by a dark sea. I arranged the cloth so the fish would be in a "s" shaped curve, very artistic move on my part!!!
I got the dark sea but no fish. Well...maybe suggestions of fish but it will take a lot of thread drawing to bring them out.
I am always surprised by the results I get when rust dyeing.
I think that is why it truly engages me.Here is a piece I did last summer.
I was trying to create turtles but I got these wonderful gold fish instead.


Shirley Goodwin said...

Rust dyeing is great fun, isn't it? I'm thinking of using some of the very orange rust fabric I have to make a "Gingerbag" for my son's girlfriend's birthday - she has wonderful ginger hair (also on my blog - thanks for dropping by)

Carol said...

Wow! I love this piece Lois. It was a delight to meet you in Chicago. I am enjoying your CD.

Jan said...

As a newcomer to rust dyeing and a real novice I can only look in wonderment at these - stunning

Carol Sloan said...

Hi Lois!
I got to your blog from Judy Perez. I, too, love dyeing fabric with rust! If you have time, peek at my blog for pictures of what my husband did with rusty stuff. Go to I am going to order your cd! This is awesome!

Lois Jarvis said...

Thanks Carol. The Rust-Tex Instructional CD is on its way to you. I love that you and your husband are rust dyeing together. My DH put the lawn mower spring on my studio table to be funny. I made LOTS of wonderful fabric with it!!!