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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!

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Day 25 of HEARTS! Mother of Pearl Button Hearts

heart shapes covered in MOP buttons

Day 25 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. You may also know that I love buttons, all buttons, I can’t get enough of buttons. The first three pictures are of the brooches from my Vintage at Heart class. The last picture is a wreath that I made using a vintage embroidered lace collar, vintage velvet leaves, and yes heart shapes covered in mother of pearl buttons. So grand to be able to use these treasures and enjoy them.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 23 of HEARTS! Vintage Heart Wreath

Day 23 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped wire form is covered in ribbonwork flowers and leaves, with a a few vintage buttons sprinkled among the blooms. I used vintage and new satin ribbons, sheer ribbon from a gift package, vintage rayon hem-tape, and dyed Hannah silk bias ribbon. This wreath was featured in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Gardens.

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

Ribbonwork Flowers: Wreaths

I wanted to share the wreaths that I have included in my book, Ribbonwork Flowers. I have a fondness for wreaths, and had fun putting together the components for each of the following ones.

sweet wreathThe “Sweet Wreath” started with a wire base, that is covered with ruched grosgrain ribbon. The flowers include the Double Posy, Fancy Rosette, Star Point Petal flower, Knotted Ruffled Posy, Boat Gather Petal flower, and a Rosette.

spools and tools wreath“Spools and Tools” started with a base of vintage wooden spools that are strung on a wire base. I wrapped the spools with a novelty ribbon, that had images of seed packages. The center piece is a pair of garden sheers that were my grandmothers. Each grouping of blue, red and yellow flowers is set into a vintage thimble with advertising on it. I also included Rosettes made from novelty ribbon with a button center, and lady bugs made from grosgrain ribbon. To finish the wreath I added vintage buttons and vintage tin butterflies.

rustic garlandThe “Rustic Garland” started with a fabulous plaid grosgrain ribbon that I found on sale at Joannes Fabrics. The brown grosgrain came from a friend who worked for Harry and Davids, the burgundy ribbon came off of a pillow that I bought and the turquoise twill tape is from the Martha Stewart collection. The remaining double sided satin, jacquard and sheer ribbons were found in my stash.

mariposa fall wreath“Mariposa Fall” wreath started with a wire base, covered in vintage celluloid and Bakelite buttons sprinkled with gold-tone and copper butterflies. I died most of the ribbons, except for the Hannah bias silk that I made the pansies from. The remaining flowers are the Rosette, the Posy, English Miss and Simple Flower.

Thank you for looking, and Happy Stitching! ~Christen