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« on: February 15, 2007 02:08:24 PM »

These are all embellishments for my reusable sachets. What do you think? A Salable item or no?
My first attempt:

This one won't be for sale. When I was sewing it up the back went a little wonky...
My second attempt:

White ribbon on pink flannel. I think its pretty cute...
My third attempt:

Also on pink flannel
My Fourth attempt and my favorite so far:

This one took a while and will susequently have to cost more... right?

Please, the harsh truth, what do you think...
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2007 02:11:52 PM »

Wow! This can't be your first attempt - they look great!  You did a great job. Was it hard to learn? Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007 02:15:41 PM »

I spent yesterday sick (okay I have spent the better part of the last two weeks sick) and pulled out a book on emroidery, crosstich, and needlepoint stitches and tried it out. It really wasn't as hard as thought it would be. The Green one took forever because I kept falling asleep or getting dizzy (I now have two ear infections. I hate ear infections!) Thank you for the ego boost though!
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007 02:55:37 PM »

those are absolutely beautiful! i love the bouquet! hope your feeling a little bit better!! i've been sick for the past week myself. it sucks!
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007 03:06:53 PM »

They are beautiful. I think they're definitely sell-able!
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007 03:17:02 PM »

I like them all, but I have to say, attempts 3 & 4 are my faves!  I have to say, though, none of them look like first attempts!!
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007 05:25:50 PM »

You are all too kind. They are first attmepts though. Sometimes I am fearless when it comes to a project and it doesn't occur to me that I could fail, so I don't, and then there are those things that I fail at miserably, like my sushi soap. You don't see that posted because it looks awful, and I'm not going to post it, I would much rather pretend that I excel at everything I try, if I can fool you crafting diva's maybe I can fool myself, right?
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007 07:00:53 PM »

heck yeah they're sellable and friggin' awesome at that!!!!  good job! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2007 06:29:03 AM »

yes, i would pay for work as beautiful as yours.

i wouldn't guess those were first attempts either, especially not by someone with ear infections. (i'm grimacing just thinking about ear infections--worse than childbirth, in my experience.) i hope those infections heal fast.

you are really talented. every now and then i think about learning ribbon embroidery -- would you recommend your book? i don't expect to turn out work like yours, but it would be fun to try.





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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2007 09:01:57 AM »

It really wasn't that hard guys. You can do this! I am using the cheap "Spool O' Ribbon" Polyester 3mm and 6mm ribbon you can get cheap at WalMart and Joanne's, you know the stuff. The book isn't the best because it only shows a couple og stitches with the ribbon embroidery, but it was easy enough for a first timer. I suspect I will end up getting another book that goes into more detail in the future though. The book is pretty good for lots of embroidery stitches though, so worth purchasing (I think I got mine in the bargain section of Borders or Barnes and Nobles...)

The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia, Sterling Publishing


Here is an update: A few more sachets, maybe it will be bags next...


A Bobbin in for size...

and one last one... can you spot the snafu?
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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2007 09:08:27 AM »

I can't spot it and that's my fave!!
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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2007 09:36:00 AM »

It's funny how you spot your own mistakes and can't leave them. I am a picker I think. I have been known to unravel the whole thing because I can't stand the mess up I can spot. How many of you are like that?
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2007 04:35:30 PM »

thanks for naming the book --and for the closeups. is it a sort of woven spider web/wheel that you do?

and yes, i get very focused on mistakes and will rip out quite a lot if i'm making something "finished," like a present or something that I hope will have a long life. It's especially bad if i'm doing anything that requires counting threads. But if i'm just making a sampler or experimenting i try hard to move on and leave the mistake as is -- this became much easier after somebody passed on a comment from an embroidery teacher, pointing out that all the time you spend undoing your work is time you could have spent doing more work.

and  whatever "snafu" you see is invisible to me. you'll be the only one who notices because you are the only one who thinks that your work "should" look different than what's there. i think it's beautiful.
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2007 04:49:28 PM »

I'm loving your roses!!!  I really need to try this.  I was happy to read that you were just using the inexpensive ribbon!  I have some of it already and buying the more expensive silk has been the one thing stopping me from doing this technique. (Since I would certainly have to practice, not having ever done any ribbon embroidery.)

Most beautiful...and I can't spot the mistake.  (The red and white is my favorite, by the way!)

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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2007 07:14:46 PM »

I'm loving your roses!!!  I really need to try this.  I was happy to read that you were just using the inexpensive ribbon!  I have some of it already and buying the more expensive silk has been the one thing stopping me from doing this technique. (Since I would certainly have to practice, not having ever done any ribbon embroidery.)

Most beautiful...and I can't spot the mistake.  (The red and white is my favorite, by the way!)

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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2007 07:15:51 PM »

Except I like the pink ones the best!!!!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2007 07:16:18 AM »

I love ribbon embroidery. I'm amazed by it.
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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2007 06:08:06 PM »

Those roses are darling!
Nifty first attempt! (I wish my first embriodery looked as professional!)

(That book looks wonderful, I've been trying to find a good book of stitches. Thanks for posting it~)
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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2007 06:20:07 PM »

Ribbon embroidery is fairly easy to do (moreso than floss embroidery in my experience).  The nice thing about it is that the ribbon is wide enough to cover any major mistakes you make, and as long as you don't pull it too tight, it usually looks great. 

Nice job on the roses!  They're one of the first things I did when I learned how to do ribbon embroidery.  Only thing I've found is that it's harder to find the supplies locally lately.  When I learned how to do it, supplies were everywhere. Now, I can't even find the ribbon at Michael's.

By the way,  Elegant Stitches, by Judith Montano, is a great ribbon embroidery guide (and her work is very inspirational).
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« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2007 06:26:17 PM »

Even though I haven't actually purchased the silk ribbon to do ribbon embroidery, I've noticed a marked decline in the supplies that the stores carry.  I guess hobbyists will have to order their supplies on-line until there is more of a demand for them.

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« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2007 04:22:36 PM »

Those are absolutely BREATHTAKING!! I thisrocked you. No way is this your first attempt! I know a lot of people that would pay top dollar for such beautiful creations. They are superb!! Great job Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2007 05:07:02 PM »

I love you ribbon roses!  Looks like you really have the hang of it!
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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2007 05:57:47 PM »

These look great! I agree that they do not look like first attempts.
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« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2009 08:30:05 AM »

GORGEOUS! I loved the last two you posted especially.
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« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2009 01:39:17 PM »

I did this so long ago... I have a book now, but I haven't done any of this since I had my DD. She is almost two!
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