Tag Archive | ribbon work

National Sewing Month

Day 8

Question: Do you like to make and sew your own jewelry and adornments? I have a few suggestions including cuffs, bracelets and brooches, all use bits of this and that including fabric, lace, ribbons, and buttons.

Chantilly Lady’s Lace Cuff by Christen Brown

These are examples of what I call the wistful days gone by, reminiscent of tranquil days lounging on an overstuffed satin pouf, or demurely sashaying along a tree-lined avenue, parasol in hand. There are two styles to choose from that will be embellished with needle-tatted and crochet components, ribbonwork flowers, a few silk ribbon embroidery stitches, beads and buttons. The lace base and other components are dyed with Colorhue dyes.

silk ribbon, embroidery, bracelets

Tandleton Rose Bracelets by Christen Brown

You have two styles to choose from, both using a Tandleton base (pillow). The “Ring of Roses” is made up entirely of embroidered ribbon pillows, strung with beads and has a glass button for the closure. The “Band of Roses” is made from a ribbon base, layered with vintage lace and a few of the embroidered pillows; a dainty embroidered button and hand-stitched button loop are used for the closure.

ribbon work flowers and leaves

Scrumptious Hearts by Christen Brown

The base is created with bits of cherished lace and with silk fabric to form a beautiful heart shaped base for your floral design. Chose from a few different heart shapes and ribbon worked floral vignettes or create your own. This is an excellent way to use up small amounts of this and that to form an heirloom brooch to be treasured. The lace base and other components are dyed with Colorhue dyes.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Day 27 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 27 of FLOWERS GALORE!

dyed ribbon corsages

dyed ribbon corsages

dyed ribbon corsages

Corsages to Dye For

This is a series of classes that I taught on-line for Joggles, Corsages to Dye For I, Corsages to Dye For II, and Corsages to Dye For III. The student learned how to mix colors and dye her own ribbons. The flowers and leaves were made with ribbonwork techniques, and a little bit of embroidery. Many of the techniques can be found in my two ribbonwork books by C&T Publishing.

Ribbonwork Gardens a book by Christen Brown

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 26 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 26 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink

This is an ensemble that I made using a vintage tatted reticule and crochet collar. I used silk ribbon for the flowers and leaves, and added in acrylic flowers and leaves with beaded stitches. This can be found in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 25 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 25 of FLOWERS GALORE!

buttons, charms, ribbon

Funky Junky Steampunky

This was an on-line class that I taught for Joggles. The base of the bracelet is made from two ribbons that are woven together to make a larger base. The flowers are made from zippers lined with satin ribbon, other flowers are made from satin and vintage lace. Additional embellishments include glass, shell and metal buttons; metal, glass and wood charms; lace appliques and other collected treasures.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 24 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 24 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Mariposa Fall

This is a small wreath that is comprised of flowers and leaves made from hand-dyed silk ribbon, Hannah silk bias ribbon, vintage grosgrain ribbon, vintage jacquard ribbon, taffeta ribbon, and satin ribbon. The wreath is also adorned with vintage buttons and butterflies, lots of butterflies! The techniques can be found in my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 15 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 15 of FLOWERS GALORE!

silk ribbon embroidery with ribbon work flowers

Rococo Pillow

This is a close-up view of a small pillow that I made using both ribbonwork and silk ribbon emboridery stitches. The base is made from two silk fabrics pieced together and embellished with vintage ribbon trim, a basket made from vintage lace, embellished with a variety of ribbon flowers and ribbon trims. This was an example used in my book Ribbonwork Gardens from C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 6 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 6 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Red and White Vase

This is a small vase made from a china doll arm. I made a sleeve from vintage lace pieces, and then filled the vase with lily of the valley, calla lily, sweetheart’s flower, and petals made from the boat gather and folded petal techniques. These flowers, and more  can be found in my book Ribbonwork Flowers, by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 21 of HEARTS! Blue Jean Baby

#1 Back of jeans

#2 Blue Jean Baby

#3 Flower Child

#4 Embroidered Hearts

Day 21 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. In the 1st photo you see that I removed the pocket from the back leg of a pair of jeans. In the 2cd photo you see Blue Jean Baby” a small wall hanging that I made, the vase is a heart shaped doily, and it is filled with ribbonwork flowers from my first book Ribbonwork Gardens. In the 3rd photo you see the pocket adorned with a heart shaped crochet doily that my mom made. The doily is adorned with embroidered appliques, tatted flowers (that my mom made), ribbonwork flowers, silk ribbon trim and buttons. In the 4th photo you can see that I embroidered hearts onto the other side of the pant leg.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 17 of HEARTS! Dainty Heart Wreath

Day 17 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped wreath was featured in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Gardens. I used ribbons in sizes 1/4″ and 3/8″, I included a little bit of bead work using vintage beads, and moper of pearl butterfly charms.

Happy February to you!

~Christen