Tag Archive | ribbon

Happy May Day, Day 1 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 1 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Spools and Tools

This is a wreath that started with a base of old wooden thread spools, threaded onto a thick floral wire. The base is wrapped with a printed ribbon, and adorned with tin butterflies, vintage buttons and an old pair of scissors that belonged to my grandmother. The scissors are wrapped with a ribbon that has a print similar to a measuring tape. There are also flowers made from the printed ribbon and a few lady bugs are resting in place.
The base also has four plastic thimbles that are filled with red blue and yellow flowers.

This is an example from my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 26 of HEARTS! Lizbeth and Rose Marie

mixed media

art doll

Day 26 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. Pictured here are two friends of mine that share my work space. Lizbeth is a doll that I created using a felt body and wire arms and legs, her clothing is attached almost like a paper doll. She was part of a blog challenge series called Dress-UP, check out the details of her dress for the month of February here. Rose Marie is a mixed media doll that I made from an old paint brush, cardboard packaging, plastic roses, paper mache lady bugs, vine trim, ribbonwork leaves, paper leaves, and crocheted roses that my mom made.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Fabulous Flora!

Fabulous Flora! with Christen Brown

ribbonwork flower garden

**Beginning February, 2017**

Do you love flowers, leaves and those little garden extras? This is a perfect class for you then! In this series of classes, you will be introduced to the art of ribbonwork. I will teach you how to make flowers, leaves and other objects with all types of ribbon; other materials such as lace and fabric will also be explored. My two books on ribbonwork: Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers will be used for instruction and inspiration, and therefore are a necessary requirement.

Here is a list of the techniques and types of flowers and the dates that they will be covered:

  1. Rosette
  2. Rosette with Details
  3. Posy
  4. Posy with Details
  5. U-gather Petals:
  6. Folded Petals
  7. Star Point Petals
  8. Ruched Petals
  9. Two Petal Flower
  10. Individual Petals 1
  11. Individual Petals 2 and Flower Centers
  12. Flower with Petals:
  13. Roses 1
  14. Roses 2
  15. Vintage Flowers
  16. Bugs and More!

Class Details:

You can take one, several or all of the classes. Hand-sewing skills are a must. Each class is $20.00, to paid the day of the class. My books Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers are a mandatory supply. No other ribbonwork book will be used or covered.

For information on the series, and if you are interested in attending a class, please contact me Christen:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content of the handouts for each specific class. You will receive a handout in an email for each week, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

crazy pieced etui

This lovely, efficient needle case can be made over the course of a few weekends. It has a pocket that can be used for scissors, a few packages of needles, or what ever you want. There is also a sheet of folded felt, to be used for your loose needles.

crazy pieced etui

The first part of the class I will teach you how to machine stitch the base together.

sampler of ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroidery

The second part of class I will show you how to make the three-dimensional flowers and silk ribbon embroidered stitches. You will need to have embroidery knowledge for this class, as you will work on that part of the needle case on your own time.

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be provided by the student.

Class Requirements: You must know how to use a sewing machine, and know how to hand sew. You must know the embroidery stitches before class.

Happy Stitching, and enjoy~ Christen

Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging

Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging with Christen Brown

This class is scheduled to begin Thursday August 3, 2017.

This project combines vintage handkerchiefs, ribbons, lace and cotton fabrics. The hankies will be your focal point, with ribbon, lace and appliques used as useful camouflage. Both traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches will be used to embellish the edges and inner sections of the hankies. Free standing elements and embellishments that will be added are appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers all made from bits of fabric. Vignettes with silk ribbon embroidery and ribbonwork flowers will be embroidered throughout the hanky base. Buttons, charms and beads will be added in here and there to finish the project.

The finished project can be turned into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply. Student must be familiar with all forms of embroidery stitches before class, as no stitches will be demonstrated during class time. Student must also have both machine and hand-sewing skills.

Week 1: Creating The Base $20.00

be my valentine hanky wall hangingThe base of the project is created with hankies, linens, fabric and ribbon. Several different examples of hanky designs will be explored. Machine and hand sewing will necessary to finish the base, and will be need to completed at home before the next class.

Week 2: Fabric and Lace Embellishments $20.00

samplesLearn to make free standing elements and embellishments: appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers, bird’s nests and more all made from bits of scrap fabrics and lace.

Week 3: Ribbonwork Components $20.00

ribbonwork flowers

The ribbonwork flowers that will be covered are: the rosette, posy, ruched petal flower, U-gather petal flower, rickrack flower and 3 petal fan.  Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills before class.

Week 4: Lace, Appliques and Embroidered Rows $20.00

embroidery sample

Lace and small appliques will be stitched here and there, and embroidered rows of stitches will encrust the edges of the hankies. Student must be familiar with embroidery stitches before class.

Week 5: Floral Vignettes $20.00

hanky base with vignettes

Arrange and design fabric and ribbon components from Weeks 2 and 3. Stitch in additional elements and designs with silk ribbon embroidery. Student must be familiar with ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroidery stitches before class.

Week 6: Silk Ribbon Embroidered Roses, Buds and Flowers $20.00

Embroider smaller vignettes of roses, buds and other flowers around the larger vignettes and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with silk ribbon and traditional embroidery stitches before class.

Week 7: Decorative and Detail Stitches $20.00

Embroider decorative and detail stitches along the border rows, and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with traditional embroidery stitches before class.

Week 8: Bugs, Buttons, Charms and More $20.00

Embroider small detail stitches like spiders, butterflies, and dragonflies. Add in buttons charms and a few beaded stitches to complete the vignettes and border rows.

Week 9: Finishing Touches $20.00

Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and additional finishing touches will be covered.

Class Details

For additional information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Perky Pincushion

Perky Pincushion

perky pincushionThis petite pincushion is the perfect size for your travel sewing kit. The base of the pincushion is made from grosgrain ribbon; the flowers and leaves are also made from grosgrain ribbon. A scissor fob can also be made using the same flower and leaf that adorns the pincushion.

Details:

Class Fee: $20.00

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be purchased by the student.

Class Requirements: Hand stitching skills a must.

Date and time: Not currently scheduled.

Specifics:

This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by check and sent to Christen. Please email Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com with your inquiries. Once the class is paid for the handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~ Christen

Jacket full of Ribbonwork Gardens and Flowers

I have two things to share with you today…..

My first book Ribbonwork Gardens was just included in a blog post from ProFlowers; the post is 30 Books to Expand Your Love of Flowers. How exciting was that?!!!

I also just finished embellishing this jean jacket that I found at a thrift store. The front and back panels are embellished with the leftover ribbon flowers that I have made over the past three years for two of my books.

jean jacket with ribbonwork flowersSome of the flowers are from my first book, Ribbonwork Gardens, and some are from my new book, Ribbonwork Flowers. The rest are just are prototypes of flowers that I just liked, but didn’t get into either book.

 

jean jacket embellished with ribbonwork flowersHere is a closeup of the front, and then the back.

ribbonwork jean jacket

ribbonwork jean's jacketHappy Stitching my friends, and may your gardens always bloom! ~Christen

Recycled Jewels

Recycling is something we learned very early at our house. The motto was if you can’t make it, then you buy it!

I have been playing around with this and that, odd bits of leftovers and just some junky stuff. This is what I have come up with…

charms, watches, bracelet

I had been collecting these ladies dress watches for a few years, and I have finally decided that they would make a great link bracelet. I found an vintage charm bracelet on eBay, that had most of the old charms you see here. I added in a few new ones that I sell in my store.

link bracelet, charms, buttons

This piece started with a box link bracelet blank. I glued mother of pearl buttons to the flat portion of the links. Then I gathered bits of charms, old earrings and some of this and that stuff that you can’t throw away.

link bracelet, charms, buttons

This bracelet is similar to the above bracelet, with the mother of pearl buttons that have been dyed blue. I added old shoe and glove buttons, some made of metal and others made of leather. I also added in the top portion of some old zippers.

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Peapod Brooch

peapod brooch

I designed this brooch for my niece Jessica Hamilton creative and talented owner of Doll Project. The directions are free in her newsletter for February, which you can sign up for here.

The brooch is made from individually made peapods, “new peas”, leaves and flowers. These are made from a variety of ribbons, silk bias, satin and French wire.

I have made kits in three different color ways, which you can find here. These are available through the month of February only, or until supplies run out. The cost is $5.00 plus shipping and handling.

Enjoy~Christen