Monday, September 21, 2015

New Fabric book back cover

I've started designing a 12-page fabric book, thanks to Stephanie. Stephanie Novatski put together all the pages, using muslin with a fusible back. She then cut twelve square pieces of batting and included two pieces of grunge board for the covers. She dyed an assortment of laces.  Her book is almost complete! We just returned from Brimfield, Mass., searching for antiques. We were going to work on the books at night, but just completed the cover and back cover at the studio. Can't wait to see this project completed.
Still have a bit of silk ribbon embroidery to do on the lime green silk doupioni.
The book pages will feature quotes about women, written by women. I wanted to use quotes that we don't often see.
A great project for all the laces I've collected over three decades. I hate to admit how much lace I have. More than can be used in a lifetime. Something about lace....

Sunday, June 14, 2015

My Studio

Here's a shot of my parlor in the studio. It's rather dark, but it gives a bit of a glimpse of what a great space this has been for creating! The studio is eleven rooms on the second floor of our Pennsylvania bank barn.  We have held wonderful classes, complete with tea in the afternoons.  Years of collecting  need to be reduced, in my ongoing quest to keep my most important treasures and move treasures on to new homes. Many of my items will be listed on my etsy and ebay sites. Grateful every day to have had my dream studio.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Gorgeous 2mm Silk Ribbon at our Etsy Store at RibbonSmyth

We sell the nicest quality hand-dyed silk ribbon at our Etsy Store ~ search "RibbonSmyth".
Many new colors and the one above is in the Mermaid colorway.
Lots of new listings coming to our Etsy site!

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Crazy Quilt Blocks in new book ~ 1000 Quilt Inspirations

Thrilled to have seven of my images in this great book. 320 pages of quilts featuring quilts from 72 designers from around the world. And my crazy quilt blocks can be seen on the cover, the Introduction page and the Contents page. Wowza!  Wonderful editing, visually inspiring, and very happy to be the only designer representing embellishing, in a book featuring traditional, modern, and art quilts. Purchase at Amazon.  I'll have copies with me in West Chester and at my workshop in Vermont!

A Memoir about Depression & Discovering Art by David Sandum - ON SALE!

Many of you probably follow David on Facebook and Twitter. I'm a fan of his art. His color sense is brilliant, and his style, developed from learning from the Masters,  creates fabulous landscapes with great movement.  His book is 20% off during the month of April. Several of us have already placed our orders.  The book is $23.95 plus $5.95 freight and PayPal payment is accepted.  I admire David for sharing his journey with depression, and his art. 
David is the founder of the Twitter Art postcard project. I've participated in the project in the past, and look forward to participating in, and viewing the collection in New York this fall.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lace collage Embellished Denim Jacket

This is a denim collage-embellished jacket that I made for Rengin Yazitas. It was a treat to create it for such a nice person. The last piece I designed for Rengin, was a pillow made with vintage embroideries and the pillow never arrived. I hope someone has it, and that it was not destroyed, while processing through Customs.   So this jacket is shipping via UPS and I will hold my breath until it arrives.
On the back of the jacket is a copy of an 1873 fashion plate, taken from one of my vintage magazines. I used pieces from a bodice of a wedding gown as well as pieces of table scarves and lace doilies. All were dyed, along with several yards of double-faced Swiss silk satin. I dyed some vintage velvet yardage as well. In one of the lace motifs, I stitched a small 1920's Czech turquoise bead, that I bought at a Paris flea market. I finished the jacket, by stitching a small label to the inside of the jacket.  The photos of the jacket will be submitted to several magazines for future inclusion. Now to make several more!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A big Thank YOU to each of YOU!
All inventory can be purchased at our Etsy Store ~
RibbonSmyth at

Monday, February 23, 2015

30% off Sale ends March 9th and RibbonSmyth closes it's site!

Our newest inventory of velvets and they are a gorgeous assortment!  Velvets!
You all have been the best! Packing orders around the clock, and each and every order is always sent with a prayer, for your well-being! While I'm assembling your order, and lately it's been late at night, due to the heat and wind problems we have been dealing with, trying to keep power cranking with the wind, I try to imagine what you will create with the items I'm sending to you.
I've been so blessed to know the best women and work with you.
It will take the rest of the year, but the best customers, on this planet, will be receiving little envelopes of trims and ribbons as a small token, to express my appreciation to each of you. You helped keep RibbonSmyth going for 2 decades! My gratitude to each of you!
Our best sellers and favorite inventory is being moved to Etsy.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RibbonSmyth Website Closes March 9th! Grab everything at 30% OFF NOW!

Our Vintage Images are the best quality available on the market! Grab them now while they are on Sale! We will be moving our inventory over to Etsy from our Website. Our Etsy Site ~
It has been an absolute luxury to have my website for 19 years, while exhibiting at trade shows, teaching workshops,  Creating ArtBra calendars and exhibitions, travelling back and forth from Minnesota and Washington DC, maintaining the farm and rescuing a variety of little animals. I was honored to work with the best women. To all of you, that have supported our site for almost two gratitude.
I have 11 rooms in my studio and the contents of each of those rooms will make its way to my Etsy and Ebay Sites! What fun to unearth treasures and get them to new homes! Yay!
 Time to create and re-invent!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

30% off the entire RibbonSmyth site at !!!!

These are lace trims and a vintage image, with a collection of hand-dyed velvet ribbons and silk satin ribbons, that will be used to embellish this denim jacket. I'm designing the jacket for Rengin Yasitas, such a talented and kind lady that lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
Visit our Sale while we have all our lovely trims and ribbons in stock!