Monday, January 15, 2018

Block #5 of Nine-patch crazy quilt wall-hanging

 Block Number 5 of the 9-patch wall-hanging. The stitching was not planned to create "hearts" around the block. However, wanting movement in a static block, I had previously stitched, with silk twist, "swirls" among each block. Now embellishing each one, adding more stitching,  I created several heart "outlines".

Nine-Patch crazy quilt block ~ block #4

I'm working on nine blocks, using the contents from 4 zip lock bags. The little package has traveled with me for the past two years. Now I want to get them all stitched and assembled into a wall-hanging, before Spring. Once the weather improves, no time for stitching. It's been a great exercise! I love using the  bits I've gathered. The center of each patch is from a pair of my jeans. The velvet patch is cut directly from the blue jeans legs and if the placement of the velvet flower looks odd, it's due to working with the arrangement of the motifs on the jeans.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Fabric Packs $12,  New Doupioni Silk Grab Bags, Beads, and fabric pack assortment now on the Etsy Site at

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Hibernate and Create!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New 9-Patch Crazy Quilt for 2018

A collection of nine 10-inch blocks that have lived in a plastic bag, traveling in my suitcase for several years. The center patch of each block, is from a pair of my blue jeans. I salvaged the embroidery before tossing the jeans. I have 4 little zip lock bags that lived with the blocks. Each trip, never saw embroidery, so after unpacking them from my latest trip to Texas, these blocks are going to be finished, before I start my taxes and I start my next session of oil painting. I'm working strictly from what I had gathered for the zip lock bags. Mostly silk twist for the stitch work. I want lots of movement in the blocks and am not concerned with fancy stitches or that my stitches be perfect, which I can't do. Instead, I'm always interested in the finished vision, imperfection included!

I did a temporary lay-out of the blocks. The blocks will be butted together. I have a Scalamandre damask in gold and in crimson drapery panel, and one of those will be used for the backing. Scalamandre is known for their reproduction fabrics and wall coverings loomed for the White House. I was able to purchase some of those remnants when they closed the Queens manufacturing operation.  The edging will be a one-inch wide velvet. Can't wait to get to the assembly.

The quilt will hang in the front stairwell, where it will not suffer daylight exposure.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happiness and Health to each of you for 2018!
It's 9 degrees here as we get ready to go into the country for a warm meal, wonderful music and a bit of sparkling something.
Wonderful day to review our blessings and gifts from 2017.

This is an oil painting I did in November,  of the family farm bell and our side yard. The photograph was taken last year in February. I used the painting for this year's Christmas card. Oil Painting, what a wonderful challenge!

A big thank you too, to each of you, that visited our Etsy site in 2017. Thousands of yards of silk ribbon found new homes, all over the world! Grateful!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Use Coupon Code RS1231 on  $20 or more when you place your Etsy order and receive 10% off your order!

We have 50% off closeout on an assortment of trims, perfect for Halloween and crazy quilting too! Silk Twist is on Sale at 50% off
100 yard ribbon grab bags are  ONLY $25
Lots of new vintage, fusible images for $1.50
Lots of new hand-painted rayon lace trims affordably priced!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Find an assortment of 4mm and 7mm silk ribbon, as well as vintage items, and an assortment of embellishments at my Etsy site at !  The  above small collage is a section of a crazy quilt block using satin silk ribbon dyed with my RibbonSmyth rayon dyes. Beautiful non-toxic dyes for cotton, rayon and silk. Beautiful, vintage results guaranteed!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

SCALAMANDRE SILK THREADS ~stitch with history

I have about 15 colors of Historic SCALAMANDRE SILK THREAD from the historic fabric house in New York. SCALAMANDRE has created carpeting, fabrics, wall-paper coverings for most of the famous historical  mansions in the US. The White House is designed with reproduction pieces from SCALAMANDRE. The silks are selling quickly. Grab a couple of skeins while I have them. Each one yard skein has approximately 130 one-yard silk strands. I do hand-embroidery with 3 silk strands in my embroidery needle, to create beautiful satin stitch work. Currently stitching a denim jacket with large silk flowers, using these threads.  The silk is from Brazil and dyed at the Queens plant.  The luster is amazing. $4 a skein.

Vintage Charm and Tape Measure Statement Necklace

I created this piece using Rollo chain and a vintage measuring tape, with glass beads and turquoise accents. This has a series of small metal "measurement" charms.  Fabulous!

Amethyst rock and Silver Beads Necklace

This is a gorgeous necklace using polished Amethyst stones and silver Native American inspired beads. This is a great statement piece. 32" in length.  All are vintage elements purchased from a jewelry warehouse in New York. They sell vintage stock collected since the 1960's and are currently in the process of closing. Can't resist the finds!