Tuesday, July 26, 2011

into the dye-pot: a rusty bundle

I found both a rusty bolt and a sewing machine bobbin (with thread) when I was weeding in the Buddha garden the other day. I'd been wanting some rusty items to put in dye bundles and lo and behold, two appeared. I can't imagine how the bobbin made its way out there, it looks like it's from my machine. And, oh dear, I just this second realized that the bolt might be from the kitchen table. But what's done is done.


Silk shantung with eucalyptus leaves, marigold petals, and rusty items. I'm thinking a solar dye-jar.

 

As I was sitting on the ground assembling the bundle, one of the girls was about 5" from my face having her lunch.

 


15 comments:

Nancy said...

I love a good rusty find!

Notjustnat said...

This is going to be interesting Peggy! When I was in Japan I was constantly looking for rusting items as India suggested, but Japan being so clean I only found one flat piece.

Marie said...

A rusty surprise!
The bundle looks like a "ceremony" of some sort :)
Tiny Hover Bees and I are "good friends"(smiles). Whenever I am sitting outside they seem to come around me. I like that!
Maybe they are my spirit "animal/bug"
<3

lynda Howells said...

Don't you just love rusty finds? i found a gorgeous length of rutsy chain the other day and my poor husband just looked at me and sighed!!!

Jacky said...

Interesting bundle...looking forward to your results (and maybe that bolt will clean up beautifully for your table after the dyeing).

Jacky xox

Deb G said...

Reminded me I have some bundles to make...got to get busy like that bee. :)

woman with wings said...

Nancy, I like that -- a good rusty find. I hope there's more coming!

woman with wings said...

Nat, I hope something good comes out of this -- I'd been looking for something for a while, too. My husband gave me some nails but I hadn't gotten around to rusting them although, geez, how hard would that have been!! Just too many things to do and make!

woman with wings said...

Marie, they very well could be spirit bees for you! Yes, I agree, dye bundles do have a ceremonial feel, both the rolling and the unrolling!

woman with wings said...

Lynda, that's too funny! I told my husband I needed rusty stuff, too!

woman with wings said...

Jacky, I hope the bundle turns out to be something -- and that the bolt will clean up as you say, if it's the right one!

woman with wings said...

Deb -- you've been VERY busy with your photo series this month!

Tammy said...

Wow .. maybe I could sell my rust items. I just have to laugh because I live in a very old house where the land owner would dump their trash off the side of the yard because it went down a hill. In the spring before all the plant growth takes over I can go down there and have my pick of rusty items. It's not quite a junk yard but there is lots to choose from. After learning to do more eco-dying this has becomre more like a treasure spot !! haha.. Love all your work here!!

Tammy said...

Oh and I was going to say .. I started a solar dye pot with blueberries that the blueberry man gave me that he was going to throw away. :)

woman with wings said...

Tammy -- I bet you have a ball finding treasures! Reminds me of those dreams where you come upon a new room filled with wonderful things -- but you just step out your door! I've never dyed with blueberries before but reading your comment reminds me that there's a basket of shriveled-up blueberries in the fridge! Ha.