Sunday, July 13, 2014

New 15-Piece Crazy Quilt Pack

 
New Crazy Quilt Fabric Pack! Only five packs left. Great value - 15-piece pack for $11. Pack includes 5 ten inch fabric squares, vintage fusible image, silk twist paddle, beads, heart charm, velvet ribbon, pink flower trim, two yards of lace and 5 pink satin flowers.

New Vintage Charm Bracelets in our Etsy Store!



New Vintage charm bracelets created for those that love vintage and the "jangle" of wearing a charm bracelet!  All can be seen on our Pinterest site and Etsy at  https://www.etsy.com/shop/RibbonSmyth?ref=si_shop
All bracelets are one-of-a-kind and were created late at night, while enjoying every minute of the process! They look marvelous when worn!  Most bracelets are 8 inches in length and all are made with components from the 1960's using new, old stock.

Our 20% Summer Sale ends midnight tonite!

Our 20% off Sale ends at midnight tonight.
Great time to add to your silk ribbon stash. A big thank you to all of you that have placed orders. Will spend next week, shipping lots of ribbon!
Please an order of $25 or more, and automatically receive a 20% discount, taken at time of check-out, at www.ribbonsmyth.com


Friday, July 11, 2014

My Vintage Charm Bracelet on Sale at Etsy


Love this little bracelet. This bracelet has a strand of vintage pearls and is a lightweight piece with a wonderful "melody". Made from vintage findings that I found at the NY vintage bead warehouse. Hopeful to begin to load more bracelets onto our Etsy site. Some of the charms were purchased years ago at a Paris flea market. So fun to see "gathered pieces" come together.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dress form Pendant with vintage Japanese Pearls, designed by Stephanie Novatski

This adorable, tiny crazy-quilted dress-form pendant was designed by Stephanie Novatski, using RibbonSmyth products. Stephanie added our new vintage pear-shape pearls, as a dress trim. Visit Stephanie's blog for inspiration. Stephanie is an amazingly, talented designer. Please check out her dolls! Stephanie, Thank you!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

20% off Independence Day Sale now thru July 13th!


Enjoy our summer sale with 20% off every item in stock at www.ribbonsmyth.com ~
Great time to stock up on silk ribbons, our hand-dyed Rayon Tape ribbon, our rayon motifs ready-to-dye, our doupioni silk assortment pack and our popular vintage fusible images. The 20% discount is automatically taken on any order of $25 or more!
 
Visit our etsy stores, as we load more items onto both etsy sites at RibbonSmyth or Old Elements https://www.etsy.com/shop/RibbonSmyth?ref=si_shop 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Crazy Quilt Labels for Rengin Yazitas


I made these labels for Rengin, using her artwork. They are on their way to Istanbul. I have a wonderful bright white fabric, with a fusible back, that I use for printing our vintage images. I've been making the images for years. Years ago, before I found the textile manufacturer that cuts the fabric for us, I made several images using the "dip method" with the bottled solution, and then printed onto  fabric. Sadly each one of those images have faded terribly and with the stitching around each image, there is no way to replace the image without damaging the embroidery. With our fusible images, the image can be ironed on to the fabric and then embellished. No puckering from stitching an image to the fabric. I made the labels in three sizes, so Rengin could use a small label to the inside of a purse lining or use the larger size for her crazy quilt blocks.

New Vintage-dyed Motifs on our RibbonSmyth Etsy Site


I've added a few hand-dyed rayon lace motifs to our etsy site at www.etsy.com listed under RibbonSmyth. Beyond economical, a small lace motif, always adds to the design. Most of the motifs are approximately 4 inches. I like using the RibbonSmyth hand-dyed motifs in crazy quilting. No two pieces are alike. In designing, the goal is for the piece to "blend" in with the overall components in the block.  I dye the lace in "vintage" hues such as Antique Gold, Olivine, Lilac and Victorian Rose and sometimes then over-dye the entire piece in the shade "Branch Brown". The goal is for the eye to not be drawn to the starkness of the dyed lace, but instead to have the lace blend in with the fabrics and ribbons, and aid in moving the eye through the design.  I also like to cut the motifs into smaller pieces, as the ragged edges add to the design. Dyeing motifs is beyond relaxing. After each piece has dried, the piece is ironed on the back-side of the lace, to set the dye into the fiber. Undyed motifs and non-toxic dyes can be purchased at www.ribbonsmyth.com in the "Dyer's Supplies" section.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Silk Ribbon Bouquet with Bread Dough Vase

 
Using only two stitches, this little bouquet was stitched on a blue moire ground and completed with a bread dough vase. I dyed the ribbons for this piece, in shades of plum, lilacs and aubergine. I drew the outline of the urn, onto the moire, then stitched the bouquet, using the Loop Stitch and French Knots. Scattered among the base of the urn, are French knots and small seed beads. The piece was a project for my book "The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery". Before I began this piece, I was designing booklets for Plaid Enterprises. While taping a TV segment for Plaid in Queens, NY, I met another designer, who took my urn sketches and created several pieces from bread dough. Later, she wrote a book on her salt dough roses. The urn in this piece has two cherubs holding a swag. Her work is stunning. I glued the urn piece to the moire fabric, before I had the piece framed.


Crazy Quilt made with ball gown fabrics, close-up

 
A close-up of several of the blocks. The piece is made of 70 blocks and each block is approximately six inches square. There is no batting.  Aren't the fabrics lovely? There are pieces of brocades, taffetas, velvet, moires, patterned silks and solid silks. The only silk pieces, that are beginning to shatter, are small ivory pieces. I would think, with the shattering, the thin, ivory silk, that the fabric was probably weighted with salt. The simplicity of the stitches, showcase the fabrics.