March 13, 2014

When Lace meets Rust

Contrasts can be very exciting. I love culinary ones like in sweet and sour chicken or salted caramel but also visual ones. When I made the “Rusty and Weathered” wall hanging back in 2012, I was sure that it wasn’t the last time that I would combine lace and rust in a quilt.  The soft and feminine laces and the rusty stains and parts had formed a contrast that I found very appealing.

Since then my stash of rusty treasures has grown and among others, I have collected several lightweight round motor parts that always remind me of flowers. It was time to make some of them bloom. I sewed a background using fabrics, laces and some pieces of a 100 year old sewing pattern.

Rusty Flower Garden - Mixed Media Art Quilt by Vintage with Laces

Rusty Flower Garden - Mixed Media Art Quilt by Vintage with Laces

For each blossom I combined several rusty components and added buttons in the middle. The stems were made from twine.

Rusty Flower Garden - Mixed Media Art Quilt by Vintage with Laces

Rusty Flower Garden - Mixed Media Art Quilt by Vintage with Laces

I machine quilted the background and free machine embroidered the leaf veins. For a three-dimensional look, I zigzagged down the leaf stems and attached the leaves from the back with one stitch to the background.

Rusty Flower Garden - Mixed Media Art Quilt by Vintage with Laces

Rusty Flower Garden - Mixed Media Art Quilt by Vintage with Laces

Rusty Flower Garden - Mixed Media Art Quilt by Vintage with Laces

Thank you for stopping by in my rusty flower garden today. Next time you’ll meet a pretty funky bird :).

My flowers will bloom at these great parties:

  Common Ground Party Junk Button
  Sundays at Home Link Party Knick of Time Tuesday Party Image

48 comments:

Beth Leintz said...

I love lace and I love rust- and I love the way you put the two together. Your blog is always full of beauty and inspiration.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Julia,
I absolutely adore your rusty flower collage - so pretty.Have a lovely day.
Hugs and love from snowy NH,
Marie

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

I love the combination of the rust and lace. How clever you are! I, myself, am working on a collection of fabric pieces with fabrics that wouldn't normally be used with the subject I've chosen. Will see what happens! Isn't it fun to experiment? XO Sue

milissa d said...

I truly love this.......my husband owns a dealership so I should gather some items up. however I need to learn to sew first lol
tfs
beautiful milissa d

Lululiz said...

You, my girl, are absolutely amazing. I adore your combination of rust and lace and how you made these throwaway rusty bits into the most gorgeous garden quilt. Your muse is worth her weight in gold. Or rusty bits, if you prefer ;-). Love love love this piece.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This is gorgeous! Wow, I just love the combination of the old rusty parts and the soft beauty of the lace and fabric. So darn clever!!

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

What a unique combination! I would have never thought to use these two items together, but, you have done "sew" beautifully!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my, I love this! The colors are so lovely and your use of materials is fantastic! Best wishes, Tammy

amy of four corners design said...

the perfect combo! I have been a seamstress for years...and have been wanting to use more fabric in my art...I think you've inspired me! Can't wait to see the bird...
thanks for a little morning pick-me-up Julia...

Sue Marrazzo said...

So Pretty and unique!!!

Dorthe said...

Dear Julia,
You have such a wonderful imagination, and the results are amazing.
This flower bed is so beautiful and a fun way of using those motor parts..your collage of different fabrics all in nature colours makes the background so allive, and I love the veins on your leaves.
Yes lace and rust together are gorgeous!!
Thank you my sweet friend, for your comment ,and much love and hugs, Dorthe

liniecat said...

Fabulous use of rusty widjits! I love rusty bits like that myself and those 'flowers' are without doubt way too nice to ever throw away.
Lace makes a perfect backdrop here too. Love it.

Junkchiccottage said...

Julia,
What a beautiful creation. You come up with some of the most fantastic creative treasures. I love this one. Very pretty.
Kris

The Junque Seeker said...

This is a wonderful piece. Love how you combined everything!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the rust with the lace...what a beautiful piece!!
~Cindy

♥Sanne en Andre said...

i collect rust also :-)) last time my son (7 years) said i have something for you... it was a rusty nail.. ahhw so sweet. But i love what you have made. Reay pretty. I ike that to that combination. Very very pretty


love sanne

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

What a gorgeous piece! Absolutely perfect combo of feminine lace and charming rust. LOVE it.
enJOY a sweet day,
Kimberly

marda said...

What a beautiful piece..rust and lace look combined. The whole effect is just perfection.

Terri Orr said...

Your creations never cease to amaze me! This one evoked an audible sigh of "ah, beautiful!"
Such a wonderful combination of disparate elements, creating such a lovely finished piece.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

So very pretty Julia!!!!! Love the flowers!!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Xo

FredaB said...

This is wonderful. I like the use of old rusty parts and soft texture of the fabrics and lace.

You are a inspiration to us all.

Hugs
FredaB

Createology said...

This is divine. The juxtaposition of the lace and rusty metals is lovely. Creative Bliss...

Sugar Lump Studios said...

oh my goodness -- I love love love this! what a gorgeous piece you have created and so many textures and visual beauties!

Rostrose said...

Perfekt, liebstige Julia, in wirklichkeit SIND das Blumen, die TUN NUR SO, als wären sie Maschinenteile ;o)) Dir konnten sie aber nix vormachenund du hast sie wieder ihren wahren Bestimmung zugeführt. Dass ich Rost mag, brauche ich dir ja nicht zu erzählen, und Spitze mag ich auch schon immer, also kann ich nur sagen "besser geht's nicht"!
Ein schönes Wochenende wünsch' ich dir und deinen 2- bis 4-beinigen Lieben! Fühl dich herzlichst gedrückt!
Allerliebste Rostrosengrüße, Traude
♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥:

Jayne said...

Another beautiful creation Julia. I love the rusty flowers, I would never have thought of using them in that way.

Jayne said...

Another beautiful creation Julia. I love the rusty flowers, I would never have thought of using them in that way.

Robin said...

Julia, this is absolutely beautiful. The combination of rust, fabric and your thread work is stunning! Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Robin

Gigi Harlan said...

That is so very unique and super cute, love it!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very creative and pretty! Pinned to my board LOVE!

must love junk said...

I love your creations and this one is amazing! The contrast really appeals to me, too! :)
Susan

Alexandra Eitel said...

Wow die Stoffcollage mit den rostigen Teilen sieht super klasse aus meine Liebe! Gefällt mir sehr gut.
Habe eine schöne Woche
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Hilda said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I've discovered that I like all kinds of art with rusty metal, and the its contrast with lace is just perfect!

Artsy VaVa said...

This is a beautiful work of art! Saw you at Knick Of Time.

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh sweet Julia
I love this new direction you are taking us all with your combinations of rust, fabric and lace. I wonder if you should rename your blog to "Vintage with Laces and Recycled Rust" (LOL!).
Who would have thought the two combined so harmoniously?
Beautiful collage - love your flowers and machine embroidered leaves incorporating that beautiful old dress pattern.
Sending much love sweetie,
Suzy

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

What a great piece I would never have thought of putting those items together in one project.
Have a lovely week.
Denise

A Bit of Colour said...

I saw your piece on Facebook. Thought it was just awesome. What a great combination!

Sarina said...

Gorgeous, Julia.

What a lovely idea, to put those two together.
x,
Sarina

Cassie T said...

What a beautiful use of neat, rusty pieces! Very creative.

Poppy said...

Hi Julia,

I've never seen anything so beautiful created from such a variety of different materials all in one complementary collage! Exquisite!

Poppy

Poppy said...

Hi Julia,

I've never seen anything so beautiful created from such a variety of different materials all in one complementary collage! Exquisite!

Poppy

Debra Oliver said...

only from the creativity of you, dear Julia. how amazing!!

Betsy said...

What a lovely "junk" collage! Your are so ingenious!
hugs,
Betsy

Guriana said...

that is a stunning piece of art...love this Julia:)

xox
guriana:)*

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! Love your art!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Julia, this is so adorable! I'm crazy about those rusty flowers and all the other details you so lovingly put into this project! I'll be featuring it in this weekend's Party Junk post! :)

Marci said...

Elegant and creative!

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

... und noch so eine tolle Idee von Dir Julia. Ich schließe mich hier all meinen Vorschreiberinnen einfach an. Besser gehts nimmer mehr.
Nochmals ganz liebe Grüße
Birgit

2ne said...

Love your work - it is so great and inspiering :-) Have to work with rust too soon....... I find some junk in the wood I have a plan for. Have a great and creative week end.