I stiffened pieces tatting with cotton crochet thread and c-Lon nylon thread and it worked well on both
Working with Shibori Ribbon
“With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown”– Chinese Proverb
Who doesn’t love silk? Any of you who know me or follow my blog will know that I love working with silk ribbon. Recently I came across picture of a project made with Shibori silk ribbon. I had never seen, or heard of it before, and it is not surprising that I had to try it.
According to Wikipedia the earliest example of the shibori technique dates from the 8th century, in Japan.
The modern method is to wrap ribbon around a pipe, tightly wrap a cord around it, scrunch the fabric together, then apply cold water dye with a sponge.
I ordered ribbon from Etsy and waited patiently for it to come across the pond to Scotland. Unfortunately I had a little shock when Royal Mail popped a card through my door advising that I owed over £11 custom duty in addition to £11 postage! I have known for years that you pay duty if your order is above a certain level, unless your package contains a gift (from a residential address in the US) or is samples.
….I grudgingly lol paid the money and received some beautiful ribbon.
After having made a couple pendants (see above pictures) I decided to make a bib necklace
This type of work, along with beading is normally worked on a specialist backing material such as Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I was sure there must be a cheaper alternative that could provide the same benefits.
I discovered I could use Vilene Heavy duty Interfacing and, guess what? It had all the qualities I was looking for – it can be coloured with permanent markers, cut to shape, pieces can be butted together and it can be painted with DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint so that any parts not embellished will blend in.
For this necklace I cut out a template, interfacing and suede backing material, then painted the interfacing with a 60/40 paint/water mix of So Soft paint. I then left it to dry overnight.
My beading needle went through easily and I had no problem gluing on the suede backing when the project was complete (I used Crafter’s Pick glue)
In the picture below you can see where the backing is showing. Most of this will be covered with beading, cabochons or rhinestones but, if there is a part showing it will now hardly be noticeable.
“My Mother was right; when you have nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust” Jane Birkin
Who doesn’t love silk? I certainly do and I think I have loved it all of my life. My late Mum was in the WRNS (Womens Royal Naval Service) and in WW2 she was in charge of parachute packing in various locations in the UK
I remember that, when we were children she made us underwear using parachute silk. Hence my love of beautiful fabrics. My Mum went to run her own soft furnishing business and made lots of our clothes including my wedding dress.
I digress and now on to crafts – I have been teaching crafts for many years and am mostly self taught. I am always trying new things, but love crafts that have limitless options.
Silk ribbon embroidery is a very enjoyable craft. My first introduction to it was when a friend bought me the book called Roses written by Di Van Niekerk. The projects in this book are exquisite and the instructions well written. I never copy projects as I prefer to do my own thing but it is good to have a well written book to guide you into doing things right.
I just can’t believe how long it is since I wrote a blog post. My old blog link is still live at http:// http://www.gillcolthart.blogspot.com
Who doesn’t love roses?
I love growing them, drying them, sewing them with silk ribbon and painting them
If you would like to learn decorative painting it is easier than you think as you build on your skills stroke by stroke…….it is similar to the way you learn the alphabet or a musical instrument, rather than being born with “artistic talent”. I believe everyone is born with some creativity but often lack of confidence and self doubt gets in the way of it! I didn’t start painting until I was 55 and many good painters only take it up when they retire.
I teach arts and crafts on cruise ships, and one of my favourite things is seeing passengers who have just completed a craft project for the very first time.
I also run workshops in my garden studio near Edinburgh.
If you want to start painting there are many helpful links with ideas, tips and projects.
There are hundreds of projects for all skill levels on the DecoArt site
I painted these cards with DecoArt Americana Paint on black card. …….it is a quality paint with a smooth consistency and comes in a wide range of colours
Give it a try…….you will love it!
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