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I used a light weight piece of muslin as the base of operations, upon which I layered random-ishly selected pieces from my cache of scrap ribbon. I am SUPER pleased with how this came out. Here are some close-up photos:
That is a very pale lavender thread, which just happened to be the color on my machine at the time. Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP 3820 to be exact.
I had originally thought that I would also include a shot of the back of the piece, to give you an idea about the randomness at which I threw the bits on, however I got so excited while I was doing this project that I lost all sense of decency and neglected to pay attention to the tension. There were a few runs that would make my grandmothers blush with embarrassment for me. Like, seriously bad.
Now back to some more sexy close-ups:
I really love the way the colors play off of each other. The shots above have some backlighting (courtesy of the lovely sunshine that we had in NY last week) accented with a wee bit of flash to make the sparkle-awesome-ness pop just a bit.
In the shots below I let the sun do all of the talking:
I kind of feel like that photo doesn’t quite do justice to the complexity of color and texture that you get in person, but it gets the point across.
The sides will remain un-hemmed in the short-term, because I kind of like the rough look that I got here.
The original intent behind this test was to see if I could cut through all layers and utilize the resulting “fabric” to make something else. I can’t quite bring myself to cut it all up, now that I’ve gone and gotten myself all attached.
When I was done adding ribbon, I randomly stitched around the entire piece to flatten all ends/sides/layers. A darning foot would be a lovely addition to my toolbox. I can make do with the straight stitch for now, but I think some more graphic doodles would look pretty badass as well.
All in all I think this took me around an hour to pull together, however I did get kind of lost in it so it may have been a bit longer.
In the next round we’ll get to explore the translucence a bit more. Onward to Test #2…
As a result of working retail during the 2011 holiday season, at a cute local chocolate shop that prides itself in super adorable packaging, I have amassed a large quantity of ribbon scraps.
Why did I keep the scraps? Because I felt guilty throwing away all of that color. We do a lot of bows at this shop. Tons and tons. Plus, we use really nice sparkly ribbon. I think it’s polyester. Anyway, the colors are fabulous. Another plus: upcycling is badass.
I got my co-workers involved in saving them for me, and now I need to figure out something to do with all of them. You can fit a lot of ribbon in a tiny little box…and in a bag…or a few bags…
Hence The Ribbon Scrap Project