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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
17 years as owner of RibbonSmyth @ www.ribbonsmyth.com
Received a BFA in art, lithography, and marketing.
Earned Couture Level Beading and Embroidery Certification from The House of Lesage in Paris, France.
Have written articles for creative magazines in the US and UK. Designed booklets, patterns and kits for Simplicity, McCall's, Better Homes and Gardens, Bucilla and Plaid Enterprises. Produced and appeared in videos for creative arts clients.
Have appeared in a variety of TV segments on QVC, HSN, Discovery Channel and Aleene's.
Wrote "The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery" and "The New Ribbon Embroidery".
Continue to conduct embroidery and surface design classes nationally and internationally.
Began the embellished ArtBra craze in 2003.
Fortunate to have a studio at our farm.