♥ ♡ ♥ Ribbons ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡ ♥

I very much enjoyed reading Martha’s recent post on ribbon love and upcycled storage glass jars. By coincidence, I had just ordered some ribbons myself and they just arrived.

With excitement and joy, let me show you the little group that is going to join my small but happy Ribbons family. There are six of them: 4 embroidered (Strawberries, Forest Friends, Best Friends, Farmyard Animals) and 2 grosgrain (Bunting and Buttons).

New members in the Ribbons family!

New members in the Ribbons family!

They just arrived :)

As they just arrived 🙂

I ordered them from Blooming Felt and they have been promptly and flawlessly delivered. They even added a kind hand note on an upcoming event: the Knitting and Stitching Show in London, 10-13th October. If London is not a convenient location for you, there are further appointments: 31st October to 3rd November in Dublin, and 21st to 24th November in Harrogate (full details here). I’ll probably visit, although I’m not entirely sure that it’s a wise idea from a student financial perspective!

Buttons and Bunting

Buttons and Bunting

When my budget allows, I’m planning to add further members to the Ribbons: a German Etsy shop, FreuleinStephi, offers amazing ribbons produced in more than a century old traditional looms in Germany. Mind you, quality always comes at a price, but it’s well worth!

Best Friends and Farmyard Animals

Best Friends and Farmyard Animals

Strawberry may be (not sure yet) integrated in my knitting WIP Lazy Sunday bag. I’m also planning to add some crochet leaves made adapting the LOTR inspired leaf clasp  free pattern (Ravelry project page).

Strawberry and Forest Friends

Strawberry and Forest Friends

Speaking of crochet, I just remembered an old crochet FO of mine: a border I made on an Austrian table cloth that a friend kindly gave me – sadly the HallTex factory in Tirol that used to produce those high-quality fabrics has now gone. Sign of the times? hopefully a trend that is reversing. Let’s keep buying local products 🙂

An old FO: table cloth with crochet border

An old FO: table cloth with crochet border

that was made years ago, when I lived in Tirol, Austria

that was made years ago, when I lived in Tirol, Austria

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About fabrics, haberdashery and patterned skirts (Old Spitalfields part 3)

Let me introduce the items of the final part of this mini-journey through my most recent troves: it’s all about haberdashery this time.

We start with a rich piece in a deepest brown background and orange details. It bears similarities to some folk patterns like these ones: Vintage Apron with Folk Design, Russian folk art bowl and spoon. I could imagine it as a decoration to pieces as those featured in this Kate Davies’ post on traditional knitting patterns (especially the Estonian ones) and in another on ’70s embroidery. Enough with the talking, here are some pictures..

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Then, there are two lighter trims, featuring respectively a forget-me-not and a heart pattern on simple cream backgrounds, as well as a nice fish-scale border.

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That’s it for this short series…!

About fabrics, haberdashery and patterned skirts (Old Spitalfields part 2)

As promised, here is a post about my other recent “troves”. Some of the photos are fuzzy because of the late afternoon poor light, sorry for that.

First things first, I’ll start with some actual items, that is some skirts that I fell in love with because of their patterns (and colour schemes). They may be restyled at some point, though I still haven’t worked out the details – pondering stage in progress.

The first skirt features a check pattern in dark blue, rich red and tan beige. I love the colour combination, but the style may need some adjustments, as its length is not really suitable to an average height person like myself (tongue-sticking-out face). It would be lovely to wear with a grey blue outfit, matt tights and powder blue ballerinas (blue? what a surprise…). The fabric is rather thick, cotton corduroy like. Here are some pictures – disclosure: colour rendering didn’t work out at its best, please activate imagination mode:

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Next, another skirt in a completely different style: flowery and light pattern, silky-like fabric and knee length, definitely something more for springtime (weather permitting). Its motif captured my eyes (poppies are very popular where I come from, see this post from the National Geographic) and the colours are simply adorable. A light-hearted and happy style that calls for warmer days. [are those poppies or wild roses?]

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We now move on to the fabrics section. Both are small-ish pieces, but it wasn’t enough a good reason to leave them (wee grin). The first fabric is a dramatic rich red roses on a black background, in cotton corduroy. The most accurate rendering of the colours is in the first photo; the orange-y tones in the subsequent ones are not correct.

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The second fabric is a thick wool small piece, with heathery pastel stripes and a subtle herringbone texture. May be just enough for a simple A-line skirt (hope), which would go well with a high-collar minimal sweater like the one that I recently purchased in a heather pink pure wool.

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The post is becoming too lengthy, I will put the remaining items in part no. 3 of this series… bear with me.