Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pendants Made Using The Rusted Muslin

Have you seen these pendants
 my friend Manya creates?

You may have seen Manya's needlework
 featured on Craft Gossip,
more than once!
 In this feature the pendants
 were titled
Well, that is what they are to me
I am friends with Manya
 and she kindly answered a few questions
 I had on, creating the pendant. 
 (I have been begging her to do a class
 on these pendants.)

With the answers to my questions,
 I gave pendant making a try.
Using the fabric I had rusted,
 here are my pendants:
This was the first one.

and the second pendant is to go with an outfit
 I will be wearing tonight.
  I used the same stitches,
I used when creating the pebble,
 for the

I am still be bugging Manya to
 PLEASE, do a class on creating these pendants!!!
 (I hope she is reading this).

Several of you emailed or commented on the
rusting of the muslin fabric.  It got me thinking
of the things we do to fabric intentionally. 
Things we would have never done before. 
 Things like purposely shrinking wool garments-
 we call it felting.
 Adding rust stains to fabric-
I have a rust stain remover in my laundry room. 
 We create dyed fabrics
with a mottled color or drips and dots.
We use sand paper to distress fabrics
 and what about those unfinished edges
 that we leave on fabric, to fray
all in the name of art! 

 When my mother saw the post
 on me rusting the fabric,
 she wrote me an email and said,
"What a mess."
.....I replied,
"That is not a mess.
  That is art in the making!"

Love to all,


  1. Your pendants are simply lovely. It is all those tiny details that really draw the eye in to look closer. Your outfit will be complete now. Ahhh yes...all in the name of art. Blissful...

  2. Your pendants are so beautiful. It is funny to think about the things we do to fabric these days. Have a great weekend.

  3. Your pendants are looking great.
    You have been a busy busy girl;)

  4. Deb how very beautiful these are and also so elegant. You are incredibly talented my friend.
    Have a lovely time tonight and a good weekend
    hugs June x

  5. Deb, they are so beautiful, and your own charms, also fantastic beautiful.
    And so true....we are really doing terribly things to our fabrics , papers, and everything else, in the name of ART- and loves it :)

  6. Your pendants are beautiful. A nice way to use embroidery. I like the one with the black on it.

    I had similar thoughts as your mum and memories of a rust spot making a hole in fabric, but even the hole would be artistic now. :)

    Keep on with your wonderful projects.

  7. Deb, your pendants are gorgeous.Tiny details are so inviting for the eye.
    Playing with fabric is such fun.What a forgiving media huh. You can rip it into strips and make raggetty flowers,burn the edges to make whispy leaves..
    I will e-mail you privately to say what I think of your mother's comment!!##**

  8. Beautiful Deb... most definitely art...

  9. She sounds like my mother!Actually, she sounds more like Grandmother - my mom would have been in there making the mess with me....
    I love your pendants Deb - they are beautiful! And yes, she should do a class!

  10. São lindos os pingentes de Manya. São suaves e delicados.

  11. Hello Deb. I love all your lovely pendants. They are all very unique and creative. You are a very talented lady. Hugs Judy

  12. Beautiful pendants, Deb! I love them.

  13. Gorgeous pendants! I don't know about the rusting thing:) Have a blessed day dear Deb, HUGS!

  14. Hi Deb
    Lovely pendants!I like your bullion roses.The second pendant is looking great.Those tiny black rust marks has created a shadow effect which is very pretty.

  15. Great ideas - the pendants and the class. These are very sweet. I have some mini frames I have thought about using for something similar. You've done a wonderful job on yours!

  16. Man you have been busy and I have been missin it all... I love love love these.. great job Deb.. the rusted fabrics... awesome too..!!!

  17. Beautiful pendants!! Your mother's comment reminded me of when I took my first quilting class my mom said to me: "Why are you taking perfectly good material, cutting it up and then sewing it back together?" I should have used your reply that "It's art in the making!!!" :)


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