I can't remember my Mum ever buying me a pretty dress. In fact, my childhood memories consist mainly of falling out of trees a lot, horse riding and fighting with my brother. My Mum tried sending me to ballet classes, in hope that I would acquire some poise, but no...I'm still clumsy!
Don't get me wrong. I've always loved colour. Back in the 1980's I knitted three or four of Kaffe Fassett's lovely colourful jackets and jumpers.
I should have seen the signs. Suddenly my bears started appearing in girly colours. I have developed a penchant for ribbons. Now I've retired from teaching in boys schools, I've started wearing skirts again. Where all this will end, I have no idea. I just hope I don'ty end up like Dicken's Miss Haversham - batty and head to toe in old lace!
I digress - back to ribbons! I love antique ribbonwork and French ombre ribbons. Until now, I haven't had time to explore this engaging aspect of embroidery. Now Hugglets has passed and I have two months before my next bear show, I thought I would 'have a go' at creating a ribbonwork pansy. The ribbons were so lovely, and I enjoyed looking at them so much, it took a lot of willpower to cut them. Imagine Gollam looking at 'my precious' and you won't go far wrong.
To cut a long story short, the result is pictured above. How I love those jewel-like colours! I purchased a small kit from Helen Gibb's website to get me started. I could not believe how easy they are to make. If you can thread a needle and do a running stitch, you can make these. I used a French Knot in the middle of each flower - wow, that took me back 30 years! Now I think I have the bug and will have to try some different flowers. I particularly like the fact that the flowers are sewn without the use of glue.
I am waiting for a book about Ribbonwork to arrive from Amazon. There will be no stopping me once that arrives!
Hugs to all