Post by sheila on Apr 29, 2015 16:18:03 GMT
I mentioned recently that my ribbon stash was making its presence felt. They were in a box in my cupboard in my sewing room, colour sorted with cardboard dividers, then the box upended itself out of the cupboard and I couldn't face resorting them so they went back like this:
I had seen a couple of articles on ribbon weaving and using bondaweb to fix the ribbons onto a backing so I decided to have a go, I sorted them out and decided to stick to red and green and experiment with a Christmas table topper:
The first thing I learnt was you need a reasonable sized padded board to pin them out on, so I can't get too ambitious.
Then I discovered that gauze ribbons don't like heat....any amount, which led to the smaller gold heart being done, as the big heart was firmly fused to the bondaweb and the gauze ribbon had melted at the bottom. So, the gold heart covers that up.
I also realised that if I'm going to used the other ribbons I need to use light bondaweb, this one is using ultra which I though would be a good idea as it's strong, but it actually ends up quite stiff, OK on a table topper but not if it's a quilt block.
The gold heart used some narrow soft ribbons, which frayed out and weren't secured by the zigzag or the bondaweb so.......the little green hearts happened.
This was also the first time I'd done mock binding, (where you bring the backing over to the front after trimming the batting) and I didn't realise I had nicked the backing fabric in one place, it was only one thread but I knew it was there, so the falling three hearts, with the bottom one over the edge, covers that!
I can tell you guys the story behind this as you're all crafters and will understand how something can develop when it looks like it's all gone wrong Lol!!!
I have plans to use the other ribbons to make quilt blocks, but I won't be using narrow ones or gauze ones, and not just yet, they're going back in the box till I can face them again!!