Thursday, March 01, 2007

Just add that to the To Do list


Did you see this article in the latest issue of Martha Stewart magazine? It's nearly killing me. I've been wanting to try silk ribbon embroidery for the longest time now, probably since the December 1997 issue of Threads magazine featured Andra Gabrielle's intricately embroidered silk intimates, which she manufactures for Barneys. Actually, "manufactures" is the wrong word. Each garment must surely take hours of individual work, so I should really say "creates" instead.

I nabbed a few yards of silk ribbon at Tinsel Trading the other day--it was difficult to select just a few, since they carry a fantastic variety of colors and widths--and hope to find a little time to try it for myself sometime soon. I mean, did you see those vegetables? You'd better look again. They're amazing:

12 comments:

  1. Those veggies are unbelievable! I've always wanted to try silk embroidery. I heard it's not as hard as it looks... Looking forward to seeing how it goes for you. Maybe I'll get inspired as well! :)

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  2. I thought we agreed you wouldn't introduce me to any more shops or hobbies?! Wasn't the sewing enough! You're bankrupting me here!

    Just kidding, that embroidery is fantastic! I can't wait to visit the Tinsel place either - one more stop in the garment district!

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  3. I've been fantasizing about the little mushroom journal since I picked up the issue last week!

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  4. i haven't even had time to look at my magazine... oy - i'm going to love it... :)

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  5. ohhh yeah, the little mushrooms and corn kernel french knots pretty much made me fall out of me chair from the cuteness. heh : ) have fun and take pictures.

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  6. I love the little veggies! The radish is my favorite. I am going to head over to Borders today and read all the magazines I don't subscribe to while I sip some hot tea. My favorite form of entertainment!

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  7. I agree. They were wise to do something petite and cute ala Japanese crafting. I think it makes it so much more appealing. I'm so used to seeing elaborate, traditional floral ribbon embroidery (I had a bunch on the ring pillow at my wedding.) This was really fun to see!

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  8. I just decided yesterday to make that pillow for a mother's day gift! I've never tried this before so I'm going to start soon...I'm hoping it's as easy as it looks. Can't wait to hear about/see your projects; please share!

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  9. i love the veggies! haven't ever tried silk ribbon embroidery, but it's now on my to-try list too...

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  10. Yes, it looks gorgeous and I just ordered some silk too!

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  11. Truely awsome. This makes me wish, I hadn't moved to Germany 5 years ago. I am so happy I watch Martha Stewart online now but there is nowhere to purchase MSL :(

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  12. Andra Gabrielle is my second cousin, and she is very talented. She's also an amazing watercolorist. Nice to see people have discovered her beautiful work. Lovely embroidery!

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