Tuesday, January 17, 2012

what was old is new again...

Back here I showed you my yearly ritual of changing my ironing board cover. the old one was a pale blue cotton that had all kinds of stains from ironing dyed fabric. Well, I threw it in the washing machine and wrapped it around a tin can with eucalyptus leaves, bark and oak leaves and am quite pleased with the result.

I wrapped some scrim in with the cloth around the tin can
It will make a nice background for a stitched piece. It is a commercial fabric but it is real soft and easy to stitch through. I know that some of you were concerned that I was just going to throw it out...never would do that.

ALSO want to share this short video on "The Power of Words". You can see it here.

17 comments:

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

cloth looks great deanna...i see all kinds of faces and beasties in it. it will contribute nicely to you cave work. a nice range of color too. everytime i see some wonderfuly dyed cloth i keep wanting to make more...but i still haven't used the ones i've got...that's how i get disorganized! ha

Notjustnat said...

Nice work Deanna. If I keep everything I would need a warehouse to put them in! I'm pleased every time I hear you are using eucalyptus leaves. Keep the used leaves and reuse them again. It works magic. Have a great day/night - Love Nat

Jeannie said...

Deanna, this is gorgeous. Who knew an ironing board cover had such character. Well done!

woman with wings said...

Deanna, what a fabulous background cloth you have now, and must be so satisfying to creatively reuse it.

The video makes one think -- some of the other videos that pop up with it look enticing, too. Thanks!

Penny Berens said...

Oh Deanna that turned out beautifully marked. Look forward to the stitching.

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Those tin cans have turned into quite a useful tool, and so easy to com by I'm thinking--This cloth is such a fine canvas for whatever you might devise too. I am headed over to watch the power of words (a topic after my own heart).

kaiteM said...

a fabulous idea, and it turned out well too.

neki desu said...

deanna,
your scrim looks great it makes me want to run downtown and get some !

karen said...

that is such a good idea...I never would have though of it. My ironing board covers go in the rubbish when they need changing...now I shall keep them and send them to you!!
O was wondering too.....any chance of a post on your different pins, they fascinate me every time you mention them...

Tammie Lee said...

this turned out beautifully! I can see how it will inspire wonderful stitching.

Robin Olsen said...

amazing what you got from an ironing board cover! I especially love the dots that showed up.

Susan Elliott said...

Wow! I would pay a lot of money for that beautiful bark-like cloth and to think that you did it with a tin can! I need to experiment more. NOt sure if mine would turn out the same...you seem to have the touch.

handstories said...

your cloth is great- that video made me teary.

aracne said...

Deanna...amazing...as usual.

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Oh that looks like Vintage Bliss! I love the patina of old all over that...and yes, I do agree that it will serve as a most stunning background to any artistic creation!

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Rachel said...

Very interesting markings - I am looking forward to seeing what you do next!

liniecat said...

Deanna, did you wrap the fabrics and bits round and then put them all in the washing machine, or have I misread that? fab results and great reuse of the cover mind you!

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