yep, i'm a texture fiend
i've loved folds and tucks and gathers since i was small, and my favourite book of all things creative is "the art of manipulating fabric" by collette wolff
funny thing is, i haven't made anything out of it yet... rather, i've been stumbling across some wonderful tutorials on the internet
the latest is courtesy of threads magazine:
it's a wonderful tutorial and so very easy to do...
i love the look of ribbon manipulated in this manner, and when i laid it on my work table i realized there seems to be a bit of a recurring theme going on in my mind these days... this ribbon is very reminiscent of the dragon-scale smocking i did a little while ago
the gold version is silk fabric, a long 1" wide strip, cut so the fraying sides of silk are the short ends
it's soft and squishy, can be crushed ever so slightly, or coaxed back into the beautiful tucks and valleys
i also tried it with 1' wide satin ribbon
the ribbon is much stiffer and so gives a definition to the ribbon that the silk just doesn't have - i'd use the ribbon as an edging but the silk would be wonderful within a piece, and could easily be enhanced with embroidery
i chose to use 1" wide strips but this technique works with any width
i also like how bendy it is... it takes curves like nobody's business, and doesn't lose it's shape
i carefully matched the stitching thread but you can't see any stitches at all; it's as if they aren't even there, like magic
i was looking at my ribbon box the other day, thinking i really must do something with all of it, someday...
i think someday might have finally arrived for a few of them
and i just saw another tutorial over there, when i was finding the links for this one...
did i mention i may or may not have an addiction????