Ribbons and roses and trims, oh my!
What a wonderful way to add texture and excitement to all kinds of projects!
I LOVE working with ribbon. I think it's one of the most versatile products available for needle workers, crafters, makers and do-it-yourselfers. From a simple embellishment to an item made entirely of ribbon, there's no end to creativity.
Last month, members of the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC) each received samples of Offray ribbon to work with. I was excited to receive 2" wide "gauzette" ribbon in pink and orange together with 3/8" 100% polyester ribbon. I've always loved the orange/pink combination and, since these are my granddaughter's favourite colours, I decided to make a quick'n EZ valance for her bedroom window, by simply wrapping a 9" by 30" sheet of Smoothfoam with the orange ribbon, then embellishing it with coiled ribbon roses.
Supplies are minimal: Ribbon, Smoothfoam sheet and a cool temp glue gun. I also had a hot wire foam cutter to cut the Smoothfoam, but a utility knife (the one from the hardware store with a break off blade) works just as well. I also had some quilt pins on hand to hold the Smoothfoam pieces together and the ribbon in place before gluing.
Here's a closer look at the border with the polyester ribbon along the bottom of the valance, embellished with the coiled roses.
Here you can see a close up of the rose. They are so easy to make. I used a 16" piece of ribbon, tied a knot about 1/2" from one end, frayed the end to look like stamens, then glued the knot in place on the valence. To make the rose, wrap the ribbon around its center, twisting as you wrap, then glue the opposite end under the coils. For an added touch of color to the center, I frayed a 1" piece of the orange ribbon, rolled it tightly then glued it in place.
I really love this gauze ribbon. It reminds me of a more elegant form of burlap; perfect for home dec projects and a whole lot more.
I've been a ribbon fan for many years and in the early 90's authored a book for Leisure Arts entitled "Ribbons & Trim". I'm sure it's out of print now, but you can still find a wide assortment of Offray ribbon. Here's a couple of projects featured in the book, together with a ring bearer's pillow I made for my daughter's wedding in 2003, and a stool I made for my MIL in the late 70's. Told ya - I've been a ribbon fan for a long, long time!
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