Today is the reveal day for the Shibori Ribbon Blog Hop Challenge hosted by Tanya Goodwin of A Work In Progress blog. Tanya was giving away five nine inch pieces of shibori ribbon for a challenge, but I missed out on the drawing, Tanya said if I had my own shibori ribbon I could participate in the blog hop.
I have never done anything with shibori ribbon, but I have been drooling over all the beautiful designs and creations I have been seeing on Facebook and Pintrest. I ordered some of the ribbon from AriaDesignStudio on Etsy with the full intentions of making a cuff, well that did not happen. So I was so happy when Tanya included me in to her blog hop, because now I had to do something with the ribbon.
Well inspiration did not come easily to me for this challenge, until the other day when I was on Facebook and I saw a simple design and I thought yeah I can do something like that. So lucky for me I had this weekend off from work, because Tanya sent out an email with the reveal date reminder and I was thinking I had until the 16th. So I got busy with my design and here is what it turned out to be.
I cut a 3 1/2 inch square out of bead backing and covered it with the ribbon. I cinched the ribbon in the middle and fanned the ends out. I had the Czech glass button for a few years now and thought it would be great as the focal in my piece. I wanted to keep it simple so other then the bezel of seed beads around the button I used 4 mm fire polished Czech beads to embellish and then size 8 silver lined clear seed beads for the brick stitch around the out side of the piece and the bail. I had a silk ribbon string that matched my piece so I used it for the neck strap.
Things I learned from using the shibori ribbon:
1- it snags very easily
2- don't pull it to taunt if you want the pleats to show
3- tack it down when you get the look that you want.
It would have also helped if I had another hand to hold the ribbon in place while I tacked it down LOL!
Thank you Tanya for allowing me to participate in the blog hop it was fun playing with my ribbon, I will be using shibori ribbon again.
Now please go by and see what the others have done with their ribbon.
Tanya (our host)
Therese (you are here)