Rust dyeing has come up in two of the online courses I am doing, and Doreen very kindly posted about a very easy way of doing it with steel wool and vinegar. Follow the link to see what she has posted on her blog.
I was in a hurry and thought (quite incorrectly) that I remembered the instructions so I laid out the steel wool, then poured white vinegar over the top and added the paper, which I weighted down with stones ( with no plastic sheet in between). These papers are the result and this is one time when I am glad I didn't read the instructions!!!
I was so taken with the papers I had another go today with fabric instead and I really love the colours and pattern which have shown up in this as well. I have another piece of fabric soaking as I write this. My sister has tried it using a piece of bubblewrap as the plastic between the paper and the weighting stones. She got some fascinating patterns with that so that will be my next effort. this is becoming addictive.
I am way behind with all the samples in the online courses. The end of the school holidays saw the volunteer groups swinging into action again, and suddenly my time was being taken up. I have the last committee meeting for the University Library Society tomorrow, then I hand over the treasurer's books at the AGM a couple of weeks later, yippee! I have been closely involved for about 18 years now and it is time to step back and let someone else carry on, probably in a new direction.
I seem to be spending more and more of my time sitting around in doctor's or dentist's surgeries, thoroughly boring and very expensive, but unfortunately a necessity as you get older. I currently have a lovely white patch across my nose where I have had a skin cancer removed today - some wonderful new method which involves a cream and a very bright red light and apparently leaves no scarring - can't tell you what it even looks like yet till the dressing comes off, but has to be better than surgery.
We are still getting beautiful rain here, over 520 mm for February so far, but coming in fairly steady bursts so that nothing is damaged, just brilliant for the cane fields and all the gardens, and also for the cattle. This is the first really good wet season we have had for about 18 years, we are just so lucky.
Last Monday was a red letter day here, I was visited by two new textile friends who drove down from Airlie Beach (about 2 1/2 hours north of here). We had a wonderful couple of hours playing show and tell, not nearly enough time to look at each other's work, but their husbands arrived early to pick them up. Now we have discovered each other we intend to try to get together and have a mini workshop or something, it is so much more inspiring to work with other people than doing it in isolation. Internet is great, but personal hands on contact is even better.
Must go and check on the other piece of rusting fabric. Catch you all later.