your wardrobe and adorn anything you can think of with a range
of beautiful ribbon flowers. Use all kinds of ribbon and lace
and have fun using up all the bits you thought you would never
have a use for
Unlike ribbon embroidery this is not surface decoration but
three-dimensional flowers, leaves and a few garden accessories;
132 in fact. Also unlike ribbon embroidery you do not need
to choose from a couple of ribbon types but can use anything
and everything you can find including lace. You don't need
much to embark on this enjoyable craft and unusually all the
information about what you need to buy is near the back together
with the basics such as stitches, preparation, finishing off
and "before you start". Putting this at the front
of the book would have been more usual but this author wants
to plunge you into a colorful world straight away so readers
need to make do with a "see general directions"
reminder. This makes the book a bit confusing at the start
but the directions for each flower are clearly laid out with
some interim photos. There is also a difficulty rating, suggested
ribbon, amount you need and handy diagrams of how to divide
up the ribbon with a code that again relates to a chart at
the back. Flowers are divided into sections with labels such
as "minstrel's flowers" or "elegant flowers"
which do not mean much, but serve to break up the book into
chapters. This is a truly beautiful book and once you get
past its odd arrangement, and more arcane areas should yield
up some gorgeous work to treasure.
If you cannot find a good range of ribbons locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.