March 8, 2010

A Ribbonwork Garden...

While visiting family this past weekend, I asked Daughter-in-Law #1 if I could photograph one of my past works to share with you. (I'm trying to keep this a "mostly-crafty" blog, you know!) This is a ribbonwork piece I made as a Christmas gift for her about ten years ago.

I used a large Shaker box, available from Sudberry House (like this one). Then I selected one of my mother-in-law's hand embroidered hankies and carefully cut out the embroidered area. I sewed that to a moire' silk ground fabric, hooped it and proceeded to embroider away. I added a sterling fairy, and glass buttons that also used to belong to my mother-in-law.
When I was finished, I mounted it to the backing that came with the box, and then finished it with a satin corded edge. All those years ago, I had filled it with sewing supplies with everything you'd need to a quick button fix or other sewing emergency. Now, I'd like to purchase another box and do one for myself with another of Evelyn's vintage hankies. I think I need a ribbonwork garden of my own.
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DeeDee said...

just beautiful...

West Side of Straight said...

That is absolutely beautiful. What a nice gift it was for your daughter in law.

Joan said...

WOW! What beautiful craftmenship!. One should be so lucky to receive a gift like that.

Janet Happy Girl said...

I have always wanted to learn how to make ribbon flowers...this is absolutely beautiful...thanks for sharing.

Vintage Sandy said...

Beautiful...lucky DIL!

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Donna,
Glad your DIL talked you into sharing it. Your work is exquisite. Lisa

Claudia said...

Beautiful, Donna! I am fascinated by ribbonwork.
xo
Claudia

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

It's breathtaking! I love your work and am always eager to see what you've created next. ; )
~Michele

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

All my life I wanted a mother in law like you but it was not meant to be...This is such a beautiful gift to make for your lucky DL..what a blessing you are to everyone.
Oh speaking of Blessings you are not on my site so come by and see you in my blogazine..lol
Thanks for doing the story
Maggie

Deb said...

That is exquisite! Absolutely beautiful.

Cherrie said...

You have a beauitful blog! I loved your story on GrandmaYellowHair's blog! You have so much talent! I love the story of you singing to your grandson, it brought tears to my eyes just reading it! I am the lucky grandma to two handsome grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter! I love being a grandma!
Thank You for sharing your story!

Shirley said...

Your ribbon embroidery is so pretty. It is something that I am seeing more of but I have never tried it. It really sounds like that you are enjoying spending time with your family. Take care

Maggey and Jim said...

Your work is exquisite,, Love it lots and really a treasure.
Maggey

gail said...

Hello Donna, What a beautiful piece of art. I love ribbonwork. I know your daughter in law must treasure this gift sooo much! Thank you for sharing it with us.
Have a pretty week, Gail

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

So, so dreamy!

I wish I could just lock you up like Rumpelstiltskin and force you to make pretties for me all day long! ;-)

Anne

Michelle (Shell) May said...

That is so beautiful. I know she must treasure it.

SharDon Exclusives said...

What a lovely piece! I have always wanted to try ribbon emroidery but with my buying beads all the time....ribbons have got to wait. I still pine to do it...lol Maybe we could swap!
Blessings to you,
Sharon

purplepaint said...

Oh this is just beautiful!!! Would love to see more of your ribbonwork!

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