|My completed May CQJP block - Playing with Ribbons|
This month I played with Ribbon trims etc. This is my completed block. I will definitely be incorporating many of these in future projects. I love ribbons and have a few references that, up until now, I have only drooled over. This was a good opportunity to experiment. I hope you like the results enough to try it yourself.
I began by replacing the center patch with a piece of woven ribbons. For the woven ribbons I followed the directions on the booklet by McCalls called Bridal Elegance. There are lots of possibilities with this weaving.
I believe I incorporated ten different ribbon trims/techniques not counting the little silk ribbon flowers just above the braided ribbons or the rosebud trim. There were many more I could do but my blocks are going into a fabric book which would have flattened them so I chose to stick with the more flat techniques. Lots of close-ups follow, captioned with the name of the ribbon trim techniques:
|Ribbon Prairie Points topped with vintage rick rack, decorative embroidery and beads|
|Ribbon Beads Trim and silk ribbon woven through closed blanket stitch|
|Silk ribbon roses stitched over silk flower petals; center gathered ribbon below that|
along with a ribbon bow
|A little closer view of the center gathered ribbon and silk roses|
|Looped ribbon (top) and rosebud trim (center) - This wasn't added to block, just played with it|
|Another angle of looped braid and rosebud trim|
|Top view of two ribbon techniques|
|The narrow sheer ribbon in teal was used for the rushing technique -|
Adds wonderful texture
|Ribbon bow adorned with seed beads which also hold it in place|
and a section of looped braid
|3 colors of 1/4" ribbons - braided trim|
Below are some books from my reference library. I would recommend any of them.
Lots of eye candy and instructions in the following two books. Beautiful vignettes and project photos for inspiration.
Ribbon Embellishments is a 'how to' book I just found at my local Hobby Lobby. It is an excellent source with very clear directions and lots of photos of Trims/Braids, Rosettes and Leaves, Ribbon Sculptures and techniques with beads and baubles. This is a definite keeper!
Now I need to figure out what I am going to do for June. I have a few ideas but just not sure which to do next.