I got a bunch of ribbon on clearance the other day, and last night I was reorganizing my ribbon storage, and got a bee in my bonnet to do some for-no-reason-than-the-fun-of-it crafting, especially because after several days of trying, I had gotten my sewing room all clean. I also had gotten the idea to try using my smocking pleater to pleat some ribbon. So that’s how I spent my morning. (Quite possibly I have not even gotten dressed yet, although I would not admit such a thing on my blog.)
Here’s the first thing I made. (I want to try more.)
And here’s how my previously-clean sewing room looked after making one little hair-clip:
It’s not as bad a mess as it looks, though–it’s just boxes of felt, buttons, ribbon, and so forth. It won’t be too hard to clean up when I’m done playing–as long as the kids don’t get in there before I do.
By the way, I’ve found a way to store ribbon that I’m happy with. It’s not the most time-efficient method, but it’s space-efficient. I used to wind ribbon on cards, but that left creases in the ribbon, so now I wrap it around the four fingers of my left hand, then I wrap a strip of paper around that, and tape it. It’s probably not really a good method for 1/8″ ribbon (which I store in snack-sized Ziplocs after I take it off the spool, but it might have been better just to leave it on the spools) or for spools that have a lot of yards of ribbon. But for the little spools that have 3 or 5 yards, this saves a lot of space versus leaving it on the spools.
Then I keep it in plastic drawers (like the ones for scrapbooking) on a bookshelf. Nothing gets dusty, and it’s easy to get to when I need it.
Update: Here’s the next hair-clip. I have enough buttons to do possibly hundreds of these, and enough ribbon for at least a couple dozen. (But I will probably do a few more and lose interest.)
Update: two more. I think I am going to have to stop for a while now if Christmas is going to come. I was just remembering today how the same thing happened to me last year–before Christmas I got excited about doing crafts with shrink film, but had to stop, and told myself I could pick it back up in January. And then I broke my wrist right after Christmas, and by the time it was healed I’d lost my momentum. Well, perhaps this January I will do hairclips AND Shrinky-Dinks.
Update Dec. 8:
Some clips with doubled ribbon, and a picture of the “sewing bird” or third hand tool. It clamps to the table, then the part on the string pinches the ribbon while I cinch up the gathering threads.
Sometime I’ll start a new post, but for now I guess I’ll just keep adding hairclips to this one. On this one the pretty button kind of gets lost in the black ribbon–maybe white with black polka-dots would have had better contrast. But Mabel makes it look good.
By the way, if you can see a smudge to the side of Mabel’s eye, that’s leftover adhesive from her mic tape. It becomes a permanent feature for her during shows.