A happy little box from Amazon arrived yesterday, and I just got a chance to glance through it. Oh My! There are lots of fabulous ideas, here.
I thought I had read every ribbon book ever written, but Nicholas Kniel’s “Creating Ribbon Flowers” taught me some awesome tricks in just the first few pages. (Did you know you can crinkle acetate ribbon?
Ever wonder how the pros pleat their ribbon?
“Little Flowers” by Di van Niekerk & Marina Zherdeva is full of beautiful compositions containing very dimensional flowers and interesting backgrounds. Whenever Di is involved, the projects are spectacular!
Judy Chicago’s “Dinner Party” debuted in 1979, so it is an iconic work from what I consider to be “my” era. Chicago chose 39 women from all of history and created a complete table-setting for each one. There are exquisitely embroidered runners loaded with symbolism for each woman and masterfully wrought plates to complete each setting. There is so much to learn from this exhibit that I can’t begin to explain it all, but this book can!
And, finally, “Crewel Twists”, an irresistable title that makes embroidery sound mysterious and full of danger. (My husband agrees that it’s dangerous – lots of sharp things are involved.) It is actually a gorgeous update on the 17th century crewel-work called “Jacobean”. Add beads and today’s wonderful threads and colors, and it’s a whole new world.