Monday, February 27, 2017

Vintage Ticking Fabric Heart with Silk Ribbon

This 8" heart is heading towards its new home in New Jersey.
Using vintage ticking cotton fabric for the heart, the center image , one of my  RibbonSmyth vintage images is fused to the center of the fabric. Our fusible images are available in our Etsy store. I added one of my floral Mother of Pearl buttons and surrounded the little image with yellow 7mm silk ribbon stitches and small metallic beads,  then finished with 3 small shell buttons. This piece will now be with 4 other hearts. I send a heart annually, to a friend, to honor the passing of her husband.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Vintage cotton heart made with ticking and laces

This is a sweet little heart using one of my fusible vintage images, my rayon dyed tape and lace bits from my Etsy Site - RibbonSmyth. I love recycling old cotton ticking. This little heart is 8" and being send to a dear friend in Connecticut. I have the heart hanging from an old tool box, that is hanging on the stone wall in our loft bathroom. Have to make more! Valentine's Day will be here quickly!

Laundry in the Fog 16"x20" Oil Painting

This is a large oil painting that will be finished by tomorrow. It's from a photograph I took last week of clothing  hanging on the line during a foggy day. Found this scene on an old country road. This oil painting, will be in an exhibit in New Jersey beginning February 4th. Love to paint. The rewards are wonderful!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Vintage Fusible Images with flower beads on my Etsy Site

If you enjoy using vintage images on your Crazy Quilt Blocks, we have my most popular images images packets with beads. My vintage images are printed on fusible white cotton muslin. Simply iron on, and then embellish. These have been a hit. More images are being loaded on to the Etsy site - RibbonSmyth, so you will have plenty for holidays and special occasions.  Image size are 2"x3".

Book Pages created with vintage images and Lace

One of the best collage experiences, is to make a fabric book. Stephanie Novatski helped with the base fabrics and creations of the base pieces, while I had all the fun using some of the collected laces that sit in overflowing tubs, and embellishments that have been gathered for two decades. Stephanie inspires and is very talented. 
The theme was a series of quotes and beautiful vintage women images from the 1920's.
These books are addictive. I'm designing one right now for my sister.
Would you like an heirloom  book of your own, using your old photographs, printed onto fabrics  and my materials?
Contact me for a quote at

Felted phone case with vintage rosary bead chain ~ on Sale in my Etsy Shop!

iPhone case! This was great to create. The base is an old wool blanket. Using my Embellisher, I used layers of FiberFusion, lace from an old 1950's dress and then some of my hand-dyed rayon ribbon, to create a flower.  The case is finished with a 1950's glass bead earring "flower center"  with a brass filagree bee, that was once a brooch. I've added vintage copper rosary bead chain for a purse strap. The case was designed to accommodate  the size of an iPhone 6S. One-of-a-kind, small "statement" pouch, on sale at my Etsy shop - RibbonSmyth.

Felting is the best!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wire-edge lime green ribbon beads

Another selection of beads created for the bead swap. These are one-inch in length. The felt is cut smaller than the ribbon and wrapped around a knitting needle.
The ribbon is wrapped around the felt and stitched into place. I used a vintage, lime green taffeta picot-edge ribbon, that I bought from a ribbon vendor in Lyon, France. The wire-edge ribbons from France are superior to any I've found. I have the few remaining spools in my inventory, listed on my Etsy site at RibbonSmyth.
I then wrapped 11mm bias-cut silk around the ribbon and stitched into place.
Then a piece of 7mm rococo ribbon, in lime green and  teal was tied into a knot. I glued a vintage  Czech glass cabochon on top of the ribbon knot. Beautiful little beads. These would make a great choker. For the photograph, I strung them onto bias-cut silk ribbon.

Bias-cut silk beads

Aren't these lovely? These are bias-cut silk ribbon-wrapped beads made with a felt base, and then embellished with gold cord, and pearls from old necklaces and Czech crystals, wired onto the bead. They would look great threaded on to ribbon with bead spacers.

You can find the discounted 11mm bias-cut silk ribbon on our site - ribbonsmyth   5 yards, 5 colors, for $5 in two widths.

These were created for a bead swap, hosted by Stephanie Novatski. There's a great Facebook group called Rag Bag Gals and we all create using fabric. Super ideas and talented women can be found in this group. Join us!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Irreplaceable Women Fabric Book ~ Last Page

One of my favorite pages, this is the last page I finished last night. Now on to assembly and that will require a toggle or some type of closure, since the book is a bit "chunky", and I want the book to close. 
I used a strip of vintage sequin trim from a flapper gown. The camera does not capture the shimmer of the iridescent sequins. I edged the image and quote in a bronze metallic trim. The gold metal tassel is from the 1920's and difficult to see. And I also added gold metal sequins,  that I purchased while touring the factory in Lyon, France, a few years ago. The factory currently supplies all the gold metal trims, braids and epaulets for Arab countries. I was not allowed to take photographs, but it is amazing to watch the gold sequins be stamped out of thin gold plate, that began as a gold bar.

Make your own fabric book. It is loads of fun. Will get the vintage images I used, loaded onto my Etsy site at

Irreplaceable Women Fabric Book Page - Katharine Hepburn

This page included "fussy cut" trims from a lace table runner, with a 1920's velvet flower and stunning, large steel-cut buttons. The base lace fabric had two embroidered butterflies, and in the center of the butterfly, I added small faceted beads for the body.