Ravishing ribbons (and what to do with them…)

***If you are here for the May Giveaway then please read on – there’s still just time for you to sign up***

Rachel, the owner of the extremely wonderful fabric & haberdashery emporium, Ray Stitch, has very kindly sent me a bundle of gorgeous ribbons – rather like this one – to try out. They are by no means your average trim – they are actually the cut edges from some of woven textile designers Wallace Sewell’s larger pieces of fabric.

Wallace Sewell ribbons from Ray Stitch

One of the wonderful things about buying a bundle of these ribbons is that you don’t quite know what you are getting until they arrive (although you know they will be beautiful, because Wallace Sewell’s work is beautiful) – it’s like a fantastic surprise gift. Irresistible!

As soon as the ribbons arrived, I cast aside the pincushions I had been working on. Poor things!

Pincushions in need of stuffing..

They look rather forlorn in their unstuffed state, don’t they?  But I was too excited & wanted to start trying out ideas with the ribbons straight away. So, here’s my first go at a pincushion with an in-seam trim using one of the ribbons (which I pleated first to make it fluff up), that Rachel so generously sent.

Fluffy pincushion

I’m quite pleased with it –  what do you think?  I confess that my stitching is not quite as neat as it usually is – perhaps it was all the excitement that made my sewing wobble around a bit!  But I’m happy enough with this one to have a go at a couple more I think.. and next up, I am definitely going to use some to trim a bag. I have ideas – and that’s the great thing about a pack like this, it really gets the creative ideas flowing.

***I’ve been so taken aback and amazed by all the wonderful people who have left comments for the May Giveaway Day, that I’m going to give this pincushion away as an extra gift to a 3rd prize winner… you still just have time to enter – here’s the link to sign up. I’ll be doing the draw at around 2pm (GMT) on 26 May.***


And a huge thank you again to Rachel for her kindness. Do pop round to Ray Stitch to have a look – you wont be disappointed, there are lots of wonderful fabrics, buttons, trims, yarn, patterns & everything you could want really…

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