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Ribbonwork Flowers
Christen Brown

C & T Publishing (Distributed in UK by Search Press)
1 March 2015 / ISBN 9781607059455
How-To Books/Ribbonwork

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Complement 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 for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015