Lovely Ribbons...What Can You Do with Them?

Lovely ribbons. Renaissance Ribbons are the most beautiful in the world. Last week I mentioned that Bonnie is hosting a Ribbon Blog hop, currently underway. Since I'm one of the participating bloggers, I'm working on a fandangled project that I'll be sharing with you on April 1. But, in the mean time you can see one project per day from 18 different talented sewists! Simply visit Bonnie Christine's New Ribbon Blog Tour Post for a link to each blogger. And for a look at all of Bonnie's ribbons, click here.

In addition to this blog hop, let me share even more inspiration with you! At quilt market last fall, I had the opportunity to meet the talented author of Ribbon Embellishments, Elaine Schmidt. She has written several books featuring ribbons, and each publication is a beautiful work of art!

Look carefully at the title...How to make 100 Ribbon Embellishments! Where would you use such adornment? The obvious comes to mind: little girls dresses, home decor (curtain tiebacks, pillows), shoes, bags, etc. Even the most simple tote could be elevated to a much higher level with the addition of a beautiful Jacquard ribbon trimming. Or, you could put a bar pin back on the it and call it done! I love the cockades with a vintage button or broach in the center. (I made one for my Mrs. Clause, below.) Elaine wrote a free tutorial to show you how to make a cockade for Sew4Home! In fact, she has several tutorials that you'll enjoy! And to celebrate ribbons, I'm offering the book to you at a 20% savings!

Mrs. Santa (from the Tilda book series), is so festive with her cockade, nestled on a doily and trimmed with a sparkling snowflake brooch.

Make two of these and attach to a pair of summer sandals! Photo from Elaine's book.

What little girl wouldn't love this goldfish on a hairbow or dress? Photo from Elaine's book.

So, let's get the ribbon fever! Happy Sewing and God bless! Maxie